Yesterday, Symantec announced the availability of the newest addition to its award-winning line of Norton products. The new product called Norton 360 is a comprehensive solution that combines Symantec’s trustworthy technologies for antivirus, anti-spyware, firewall, intrusion protection, anti-phishing, backup and tune up. Norton 360, the all-in-one security service thus eliminates the need to purchase and manage multiple products as it protects computers and the information stored in them from Internet threats, frauds and data loss.
Norton 360 has been designed to work as automatically as possible, and even performs its duties in the background without interrupting the computing experience of users. The key design principals of Norton 360 are automation, functionality, user experience and performance.
According to Enrique Salem, group president, Consumer Business Unit, Symantec,“People today use their computers for much more than work or storing documents. If you ask most computer users what they rely on their PC for, they’ll tell you they use it to surf the web, bank online, shop, keep in touch with friends and family, listen to music and store their favorite photos. Norton 360 was created with these activities in mind. It not only protects against traditional online threats, but it also helps secure users’ identity when transacting online and safeguards valuable files like music and photos.”
Norton 360 provides complete protection across five categories of functionality:
PC Security – Norton 360 features Symantec’s industry-leading protection against a wide range of threats and risks, including viruses, spyware, hackers and more. The Symantec Online Network for Advanced Response (SONAR) is also included in Norton 360, providing behavior-based malware detection that identifies new threats in real-time based on application behavior. Norton 360 includes the ability to remove kernel mode rootkits through heuristics technology. Rootkits can pose a threat by granting attackers unauthorized access to confidential data on users’ computers. Norton 360 also boasts a smart firewall, intrusion prevention, vulnerability assessments and network detection, which automatically optimizes firewall protection using different security settings when connecting to various types of networks.
Transaction Security – Antiphishing protection gives consumers the confidence they need to shop, bank and conduct other transactions on the Internet by protecting their online identity. Utilizing black list and heuristic techniques to recognize both known and unknown phishing sites, dangerous sites are clearly marked through seamless integration of the Norton Toolbar into Internet Explorer 6 and higher Web browsers. Norton 360 also features Web Site Authentication, which verifies the authenticity of trusted brands that are commonly phished.
Backup and Restore – Norton 360 introduces new local and online backup and restore capabilities. Online backup is secured via users’ Norton Accounts as well as through encryption during file transfer and on the storage servers. The product includes 2 GB of online storage, and additional online storage can be purchased at $29.99 for 5 GB, $49.99 for 10 GB and $69.99 for 25 GB. Norton 360 automatically detects new or changed files and incrementally backs up those changes through custom backup scheduling or during idle time. Users can choose where to back up their content from a range of storage destinations including internal drives, CD/DVD drives, USB drives, mapped network drives, external hard drives or secured online backup.
PC Tuneup – Norton 360 identifies and removes unnecessary clutter such as Windows Temp files, Internet Temp files and Internet History files. The PC Tuneup feature also analyzes and defragments hard disks for faster and more efficient operation. Norton 360’s Smart Background Scheduler monitors the system for user input, CPU usage and disk activity, throttling the product’s tasks and minimizing impact on the computing experience. When idle time parameters are met, the Background Scheduler automatically initiates remaining scans, backups and tuneups.
Embedded Support – Norton 360 also includes embedded support, which automatically diagnoses and resolves common issues or guides users to easy issue resolution from within the context of the product. Users have easy access to Norton 360 technical support via phone, as well as free support via live chat and e-mail.
Besides, Norton 360 users are also able to receive AntiSpam and Parental Controls through an optional add-on pack at no additional cost. Norton 360 can be installed on up to three PCs. Norton 360 along with other Norton security solutions such as Norton Internet Security, Norton AntiVirus and Norton Confidential have been designed to work with the newly launched Windows Vista operating system.
Norton 360 is available immediately via Symantec’s online store, www.symantecstore.com, and will be available at retail locations and online retailers in March 2007. Besides, the optional add-on pack will be available to Norton 360 in mid-March 2007. Norton 360 will sell for a price of $79.99, and includes a one-year service subscription to use the product and receive Symantec’s protection updates.