Norton Personal Firewall 2000 Protects Connected Consumers Against Hacking And Privacy Intrusions
CUPERTINO, Calif. - June 12, 2000 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today
announced Norton Personal Firewall 2000, a flexible and easy-to-use Internet
security solution that protects connected consumers from hacking and privacy
intrusions. Regardless of the user's experience or type of Internet connection,
Norton Personal Firewall 2000 provides out-of-the-box security from Internet
"Consumers are becoming more vulnerable to both hacking attacks and the loss of
private or personal information while online, especially as broadband, persistent
Internet connections grow in popularity," said Steve Cullen, senior vice
president of Symantec's Consumer Products Division. "In response to this emerging
threat, Symantec has developed Norton Personal Firewall 2000‹the maximum defense
against malicious hackers and the most effective tool for maintaining the privacy
of sensitive information."
Norton Personal Firewall 2000 protects home PC users against unauthorized
connections to and from the Internet‹without requiring any special configuration
or complex setup. Users can block connections to their PCs preventing hackers
from gaining access to important files, passwords, banking numbers or other
confidential data stored on the PC. In addition, users can configure which
applications are allowed to access the Internet and are notified when an
unauthorized program, such as a Trojan horse, tries to send information from the
Norton Personal Firewall 2000 includes exclusive, patent-pending technology to
configure the firewall automatically for the most common Internet applications
saving time and minimizing unnecessary security alerts. Users can choose one of
the pre-configured protection settings or customize the firewall with the
intuitive, step-by-step RuleAssistant.
Norton Personal Firewall 2000 also includes enhanced security features not found
in competing personal firewall products, such as the ability to prevent Web sites
from downloading specific or all Java applets and ActiveX controls. Norton
Personal Firewall 2000 provides comprehensive event logs and statistics detailing
intrusion attempts, the IP address of potential attackers, and authorized
connections. Information from the logs can be used to track the source of
Norton Personal Firewall 2000 is the only personal firewall product available to
include technology designed specifically to keep confidential data private. Users
can designate personal information, such as credit card and bank account numbers,
as confidential and then configure Norton Personal Firewall 2000 to protect that
data from access by unsecured Web sites. The product also protects the user's
anonymity while surfing the Web by blocking cookies on a per-site basis,
preventing Web sites from tracking the user's movements around the Internet.
Additionally, Norton Personal Firewall tracks and records which personal
information has been sent, and when cookies, e-mail addresses, and other events
Norton Personal Firewall 2000 is an integral part of Symantec's comprehensive
family of award-winning Internet Security solutions, which also includes Norton
Internet Security 2000 2.0 and Norton Internet Security 2000 2.0 Family Edition,
the industry's first and only fully integrated personal Internet security suite
designed for consumers.
Norton Internet Security has quickly established a leading position in the
market. In March 2000, the product was the first Internet security solution to
be named to PC Data's list of Top Selling Business Software when it debuted at
number ten. By April 2000, the product had climbed to number seven on the PC
Data list. In addition, Norton Internet Security received an Editor's Choice
award from PC Magazine in the publication's security round up.
Norton Personal Firewall 2000 is available now for $49.95. It is also available
as part of Norton Internet Security 2000 and Norton Internet Security 2000
Family Edition which provides comprehensive protection against all Internet
threats. Norton Internet Security 2000 is priced at US$69.95; Norton Internet
Security 2000 Family Edition is priced at US$79.95. Customers can purchase
Norton Personal Firewall at Symantec's online store at www.SymantecStore.com as
well as other online retailers.
Symantec, a world leader in Internet security technology, provides a broad range
of content security solutions to individuals and companies. The company is a
leading provider of anti-virus protection, Internet content and e-mail filtering,
and mobile code detection technologies to enterprise customers. Headquartered in
Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has worldwide operations in more than 24 countries.
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FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENT: This press release contains forward-looking statements. There are certain important factors that could cause Symantec's future development efforts to differ materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made above. Among these are the anticipation of the growth of certain market segments, the positioning of Symantec's products in those segments, the competitive environment in the software industry, dependence on other products, changes to operating systems and product strategy by vendors of operating systems, and the importance of new Symantec products. Additional information concerning those and other factors is contained in the "Risk Factors" section of the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 2, 1999.
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