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Symantec has unveiled a free threat meter on its website, which aims to update global users on the current risk level related to major online activities such as e-mail and file sharing.

Symantec has unveiled a free threat meter on its website, which aims to update global users on the current risk level related to major online activities such as e-mail and file sharing.

The firm’s Internet Threat Meter - available at Symantec.com - provides the current global threat level for four online activities: e-mails, web activities, instant messaging and file sharing.

“There are other threat indicators on the web," stated Dave Cole, a director at Symantec Security Response, when quoted by news.com. “But what was missing was a place for consumers that breaks it down in plain English and gives actionable advice. This is like a weather report telling users to grab the umbrella, instead of how much precipitation there is.”

Symantec’s threat meter rates global online activity as low, medium or high risk and provides a small description of what each risk levels means. According to the firm, these ratings are based on triggers related to threats such as malware, phishing, viruses and spam.

Along with Symantec, Internet Security Systems and McAfee also provide online threat meters on their websites, though these cater more to IT professionals than general end users.

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