Symantec acts on Microsoft threat

Tackling Microsoft’s OneCare service head-on, Symantec has launched its Norton 360 product suite, which comes with antivirus, backup and firewall technology.

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By  Administrator Published  February 28, 2007

Tackling Microsoft’s OneCare service head-on, Symantec has launched its Norton 360 product suite, which comes with antivirus, backup and firewall technology.

Originally announced under the Genesis codename last year, Norton 360 is designed to compete with products from rival firm McAfee, as well as Microsoft’s offering.

While both Symantec and McAfee have traditionally charged extra for features such as anti-spam and tune-up tools, these are included at no extra cost in Norton 360. Both companies have had to strengthen to their product offerings to compete against Microsoft, which has also included more security features in its Windows Vista operating system.

“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 favourite photos,” said Enrique Salem, group president of Symantec’s Consumer Business Unit. “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.”

Andrew Jaquith, senior analyst at the Yankee Group said: “With Norton 360, Symantec is rejuvenating its consumer product line.”

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