Symantec today announced the
availability of Norton 360, a solution that combines antivirus, antispyware,
firewall, intrusion protection, anti-phishing, backup and tune-up, eliminating
the need to purchase and manage multiple products. Norton 360 is now available
for purchase through the Symantec online store . It will be available for
purchase at various retail locations and online retailers in March 2007. An
optional add-on pack with Anti-Spam and Parental Controls will also be
available to Norton 360 customers in mid-March through an optional add-on pack
at no additional charge.
"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," said Enrique Salem, group
president, Consumer Business Unit, Symantec Corp. "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."
"With Norton 360, Symantec is
rejuvenating its consumer product line," said Andrew Jaquith, senior
analyst, Yankee Group. "By combining the traditional security features
with data backup and performance tuning, products like Norton 360 will expand the
market for consumer security and data protection solutions."
The suggested retail price of Norton
360 is US$79.99 (includes one-year service subscription to use the product and
receive Symantec's protection updates) and can be installed on up to three
PCs. CNET reviewed Norton 360 and has given it a rather
positive rating of 8.0.
Symantec said in a company release
that Norton security solutions are designed to leverage the Windows Vista
operating system, offering the “top-choice in Vista-compatible security
performance.” Interestingly, Symantec CEO John Thompson said earlier this month that he hadn’t installed
Windows Vista and that he saw no need for it for what he does online, adding
that Symantec has not yet made a commitment to migrate to Vista.