MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 26, 2012) - Norton by Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC) announced today that its award-winning consumer security products Norton 360, Norton Internet Security, and Norton AntiVirus are fully compatible with the newly released Windows 8 operating system1. The latest releases are optimized to make Windows 8 safer and faster compared with running Windows Defender on Windows 8. Norton also released two new, free touch-friendly apps for the Windows 8 environment, available now on the Windows Store.
Norton Studio (Global)
- Companion app to Norton 360, Norton Internet Security or Norton AntiVirus that enables consumers to manage, fix, update or renew Norton protection for their devices from within the new Windows 8 user interface
- Shows users at a glance the security status of their PCs and other devices
- Seamlessly integrates with Windows 8 for easy, one-click access from the new user interface desktop
Norton Satellite (U.S.-only)
- Allows consumers to save and share safely on Windows 8 by manually scanning their files most likely to contain malicious threats, whether saved in the cloud, on their PC or stored on external storage devices
- Scans users' Facebook feeds so they can avoid unsafe links
"With the release of Windows 8 it's important to recognize that consumers still need a comprehensive security solution -- not just basic antivirus," said Chris Christiansen, Program Vice President for IDC's Security Products and Services group. "The types of threats most prevalent today are very sophisticated, complex and use social engineering to prey on consumer habits, so it's crucial that security solutions not only address the current threat landscape, but also the latest trends in technology. By providing a more secure environment and optimized performance for Windows 8, Norton is improving and simplifying the user experience for consumers adopting this new platform."
According to third-party testing, when paired with Norton, Windows 8 is 50 percent faster2 and 20 percent safer than with Windows Defender3. In addition, testing showed that Norton was able to correctly detect and block all the threats that Windows Defender failed to recognize.4 For more commentary on Windows 8 security, please visit the Norton Protection Blog.
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1 Some protection features not available with Windows 8 style browsing.
2 "Real World Performance Test," PassMark, August 2012. Norton Internet Security vs. Defender as default setting in Windows 8. Faster claim based off on-demand security software scan time.
3 "Real World Testing Report," AV-Test, July 2012. Norton Internet Security vs. Defender as default setting in Windows 8.
4 "Real World Testing Report," AV-Test, July 2012. Norton Internet Security vs. Defender as default setting in Windows 8.