SOURCE: Symantec

December 18, 2007 08:00 ET

Symantec's Norton 360 Version 2.0 Beta to Include Browser Protection, Norton Identity Safe, and More Backup Options

CUPERTINO, CA--(Marketwire - December 18, 2007) - NEWS FACTS - Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced that version 2.0 of its market leading all-in-one security solution, Norton 360, will be available by early-January 2008.

Most Successful Norton Product Line Launch

Norton 360 has proven to be the most successful new PC security suite product line launch.[1] Since its inception in February 2007, Norton 360 continues to win praise from customers and the industry. Norton 360's popularity stems from its "silent security" approach, providing strong protection with minimal interruption.

Norton 360 version 2.0 Continues to Deliver With Key New Features

Browser Protection - More online threats are occurring through drive-by downloads, where cybercriminals exploit browser vulnerabilities on legitimate sites and inject threats onto visitors' computers. Norton 360's browser protection technology secures your browser against attacks, proactively blocking new, unknown malware before they hit your PC.

Norton Identity Safe - Secure password and form auto-fill, along with a password vault, combine with Symantec's advanced antiphishing technology to offer protection against online fraud and a convenient way to manage your identities.

Backup to Blu-Ray and iPod - More options for backup destinations, including Blu-ray, iPods and shared drives. Now you can choose the backup method that best suits your data protection needs.

Advanced Protection That's Simple and Unobtrusive

Norton 360 version 2.0 includes additional new features fueled by the need to provide computer users with the latest advanced protection against online threats and our customers' feedback. Norton 360 version 2.0 not only secures your online activities and data, it also makes protection simple and unobtrusive. For those who want more interaction with the product, Norton 360 version 2.0 makes it easier to navigate settings.

Additional new features in Norton 360 version 2.0 include:

PC Security

  • Intelligent background scanner silently automates security and performance tasks
  • Home network map checks the status of wireless security, maps connected devices, and provides expert advice to help users manage network security settings
  • Manually scan individual files and folders with a simple right click and select

Identity Protection

  • Antiphishing protection combined with Web site authentication for Firefox
  • One-click login to trusted sites with Norton Identity Safe


  • Tighter integration with Windows Explorer, allowing backup status for each document, music file and photo to be easily viewed in Windows Explorer
  • Add a file for backup by right clicking and selecting

PC Tuneup

  • Ability to optimize PC performance by removing unneeded registry files, which can build up over time and slow down your computer
  • Option for automatic shutdown upon task completion
  • Diagnostic report for easy system troubleshooting and problem solving
  • Internet browser cleanup capability extended to the Firefox browser

Once available, public beta can be downloaded at

[1] The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service, based on data ranked on dollar sales in retail and through Symantec's online store after 1995.


Rowan Trollope, senior vice president, Symantec Corp.

"A complete security solution must provide multiple layers of protection in order to truly secure consumers from today's threats. Norton 360 version 2.0 offers Symantec's award-winning signature based technology as well as new proactive, heuristic-based technology that prevent threats from ever reaching the system."

Rowan Trollope, senior vice president, Symantec Corp.

"Norton 360 version 2.0 makes it more convenient for consumers to backup and restore the valuable files they have on their PC - whether it's documents, music or photos. We offer you several options to choose from when it comes to backing up, including Blu-ray, HD/DVD, your iPod, or shared drives."

Rowan Trollope, senior vice president, Symantec Corp.

"With the first version of Norton 360, we really listened to our customers' feedback, and we found that ease of use was what they appreciated most. We continued the same customer focused approach for version 2.0 to ensure we met their needs and expectations. In the newest version of Norton 360, we focused on providing the innovative protection technologies Symantec is known for while ensuring the product continues to be unobtrusive and easy to use."

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