SOURCE: Symantec

January 07, 2008 21:34 ET

Norton Wants to Know... Are You a CyberStar or a CyberSpace Cadet?

Symantec Puts the Smackdown on Internet Safety at the Sandbox Summit During the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - January 7, 2008) - Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC), makers of Norton security software, is challenging CES show-goers to discover how much -- or how little -- they know about online lifestyles and online safety with the Norton Cyber Smackdown quiz show. The quiz show, co-hosted by a whiz kid star from FOX Television's "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" and Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson, pits attendees against each other in an all-out battle to find out who knows the most about "all things Internet." The quiz show is an entertaining, educational way to help consumers better understand the very serious issues of Internet safety.


Consumers who can't make it to CES can still prove their Internet savvy by going to and playing the online version of the Norton Cyber Smackdown. Consumers can even add the Norton Cyber Smackdown Facebook application and see which of their friends is a CyberStar and which is a CyberSpace Cadet!


As host of the Norton Cyber Smackdown, Nathan Lazarus, one of the whiz kids from FOX TV's game show "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" will challenge CES attendees with questions like:

  • How much time do kids really spend online?
  • Who spends more time texting -- Japanese or American teens?
  • Which country uses the Internet to get beauty and/or fashion advice more frequently?
  • Do people in France or Japan play games online more frequently?
  • What's a dead giveaway that a Web site is actually a phishing site?
  • Which country spends the most time on social networking sites?

Co-hosting the Norton Cyber Smackdown will be Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson, whose personal platform is Internet safety. Providing expert Internet safety commentary during the quiz show will be Marian Merritt, Internet Safety Advocate for Symantec, maker of Norton.


The Norton Cyber Smackdown will be played multiple times daily during CES at The Sandbox Summit, the first-ever destination at CES dedicated to exploring the role of technology in kids' lives. CES attendees are encouraged to visit the Norton from Symantec booth (#72643) at The Sandbox Summit, located at the Sands Convention Center, to sign up to play the Norton Cyber Smackdown. Winners get bragging rights (we'll be videotaping game shows and posting on YouTube!) and cool prizes!


As the leader in Internet security software, Symantec is committed to creating market-leading Internet security solutions for consumers worldwide. The 2008 Norton lineup is faster, stronger and better than ever! Check it out for yourself at the Norton Connected & Protected Mobile Tour, our 18-wheeler "Internet Lab on Wheels," that will be parked in front of the Las Vegas Convention Center where Symantec will be demonstrating the Norton products, including:

  • Norton 360 - Version 2 (public beta) - Norton 360 version 2.0 offers new PC security and identity protection features and enhancements that offer multiple layers of protection against today's online threats.
  • Norton Internet Security 2008 - Norton Internet Security 2008 is an extensive security suite that focuses on delivering world-class security protection with exceptional performance and usability, all backed by integrated and automated support.


"Research proves again and again that most people don't know as much as they think they know about the Internet and online safety. In a fun, interactive way, the Norton Cyber Smackdown will help consumers better understand the role technology plays in their lives while learning valuable tips for staying protected when they are connected," said Marian Merritt, Internet Safety Advocate for Symantec, makers of Norton software.

"I'm really good at the Norton Cyber Smackdown because I've been using computers for most of my life," said Nathan Lazarus, whiz kid from FOX TV's "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?"


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Symantec is a global leader in infrastructure software, enabling businesses and consumers to have confidence in a connected world. The company helps customers protect their infrastructure, information and interactions by delivering software and services that address risks to security, availability, compliance and performance. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at

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