CUPERTINO, Calif. - July 18, 2000 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that EarthLink (Nasdaq: ELNK), a leading broadband Internet Service Provider (ISP) has selected Symantec's Norton Personal Firewall software to protect it's PC-using EarthLink DSL customers. EarthLink will offer Norton Personal Firewall free of charge to new and existing EarthLink DSL customers. Norton Personal Firewall will be delivered via a redeemable electronic coupon e-mailed to customers after their DSL service is installed. Norton Personal Firewall is then downloaded from co-branded Web site.
Norton Personal Firewall, an integral part of Symantec's award-winning Norton Internet Security, is the maximum defense against hackers; it secures PCs, keeps information private, and alerts users to attempted intrusions. Over 50,000 customers strong, EarthLink DSL service is currently offered in more than 54 major metropolitan markets across the country through 2,650 local Central Offices (COs).
"As we have continued to witness a tremendous increase in the number of users who want to take advantage of our broad DSL service, we have become keenly attuned to the security needs of these customers and have remained committed to providing them the most powerful tools for protecting their high-speed DSL connections," said Jon Irwin, senior vice president of Broadband Services at EarthLink. "To that end, we are very pleased to be able to offer them Norton Personal Firewall, Symantec's formidable firewall and privacy software that is both easy to use and highly effective."
"By singling out Norton Personal Firewall to secure the always-on connections of its large and growing DSL customer base, EarthLink has joined the ranks of an increasing number of service providers who are turning to Symantec solutions for their most critical security needs," said Gary Warren, senior vice president of Business Development for Symantec Corporation. "We commend EarthLink for taking this uniquely effective and proactive approach to customer support and are pleased to extend our new generation security solutions to EarthLink DSL customers."
Norton Personal Firewall is an integral component of Norton Internet Security, the best-selling Internet security product on the market and the only Internet security product to make the PC Data Top 10 List. Norton Internet Security was recently named Editors' Choice by PC Magazine as well as by CNET.
Norton Personal Firewall provides EarthLink DSL customers security for their PCs and privacy for their personal information. Powerful, easy-to-use Norton Personal Firewall controls all Internet connections to and from a user's computer and alerts the user to attempted intrusions. EarthLink DSL subscribers can select pre-configured security settings or define their own. Norton Personal Firewall also blocks Java applets and ActiveX controls on a site-by-site basis, permitting subscribers to use their favorite Web sites normally while protecting their PCs from possible dangers on unfamiliar sites.
Norton Personal Firewall safeguards the privacy of EarthLink DSL subscribers by allowing them to keep their computers from sending personal information to Web sites without their knowledge. It also blocks Web sites from sending unwanted cookies. As a result, users can keep their e-mail addresses private and thwart Web sites from tracking their movements. EarthLink DSL subscribers who use Norton AntiVirus can also view and control both products in the same window to more easily defend their computers from Internet threats.
Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
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