Symantec today launched the public beta of its new all-in-one consumer security service. Norton 360 combines Symantec's proven, industry-leading PC security and tuneup technologies with new automated backup and online transaction security capabilities.
The service helps protect consumers from Internet threats, online scams and identity theft while safeguarding important documents, photos and music through automated online backup and restore functionality. Norton 360 is part of Symantec's broader Security 2.0 vision for the next generation of online security.
"Today's consumers want to be able to work and play in the connected world with confidence that their information and activities are secure," said Enrique Salem, group president, Consumer Business Unit, Symantec Corp. "Norton 360 was created to provide computer users and their families a full range of protection that is automatic, powerful, and easy to understand and use. We're eager to receive customer feedback on the beta, as we make final adjustments for the formal launch of the product."
Norton 360 provides consumers with the essential protection they need to secure their online activities and important data. The service offers protection from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, spyware, adware, hackers and other Internet threats and risks. Consumers can feel confident their confidential information is safe when banking and shopping online through Norton 360's online identity theft protection. Norton 360 also safeguards irreplaceable files such as photos and music through an automated online backup service.
Users aren't bothered with constant alerts because Norton 360 automatically resolves the vast majority of security, backup and PC tune-up issues quietly in the background. Norton 360 also provides consumers with free 24x7 support via embedded e-mail and online chat, which will be active during the beta period.
Norton 360 is backed by Symantec's unmatched security knowledge and assets, including the company's extensive Global Intelligence Network, which consists of the Symantec DeepSight Threat Management System and Symantec Managed Security Services, providing more than 40,000 sensors monitoring network activity in more than 180 countries. Norton 360 also takes advantage of Symantec's Phish Report Network, an extensive antifraud community where members contribute and receive fraudulent Web site addresses for alerting and filtering, to protect consumers against fraudulent Web sites.
Users can download the free public beta of Norton 360 from http://www.symantec.com/norton360beta. Beta testers must have Windows XP and an Internet connection, and they must uninstall other security solutions from their systems. The final version of Norton 360 is scheduled to be available for purchase by March 2007 in multiple languages and countries.