SOURCE: Symantec

October 11, 2006 08:00 ET

Symantec Introduces the First Transaction Security Solution That Protects Macintosh Users From Phishing Web Sites

Norton Confidential for Macintosh Protects Against Online Fraud When Shopping and Banking Online

CUPERTINO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 11, 2006 -- Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) announced today that Norton Confidential is now available for Macintosh users. Norton Confidential for Macintosh is an online transaction security solution designed to protect users when they're most vulnerable: while banking or shopping online and about to submit passwords, account numbers or other personal information.

Norton Confidential for Macintosh protects users against fraudulent Web sites that may be "phishing" to steal users' identities when they're logging in, making a purchase, registering for a service, or otherwise sharing confidential data online. Looking for known threats and suspicious behavior, Norton Confidential for Macintosh inspects Web sites before users interact with them and automatically blocks private information from attack.

There is significant reason for consumers to take precautions when it comes to online security. According to Symantec's most recent Internet Security Threat Report, during the first six months of 2006, the Symantec Probe Network detected 157,477 unique phishing messages. This is an increase of 81 percent over the 86,906 unique phishing messages that were detected in the last half of 2005.

"Unlike viruses and spyware, Macintosh users face the same phishing threats as consumers who use PCs. That's why Macintosh users should take the same security precautions as PC users when transacting online," said Enrique Salem, group president, Consumer Business Unit, Symantec Corp. "Norton Confidential gives Macintosh enthusiasts the peace-of-mind and confidence to bank, shop, or conduct other sensitive transactions online without worrying if their personal information has been compromised."

Norton Confidential for Macintosh features built-in vulnerability protection to prevent identity thieves from exploiting newly discovered application and operating system vulnerabilities. Additionally, Norton Confidential for Macintosh protects highly personal information -- such as social security and credit card numbers -- from being sent online without users' permission. It also lets users lock down personally important files on their Mac, preventing them from being deleted or tampered with -- whether deliberately by hackers or inadvertently by friends or family -- or even from being opened without a user's permission.

Essential for comprehensive protection, Norton Confidential for Macintosh works in tandem with existing Symantec and other Internet security and antivirus solutions, providing a new layer of security against new types of threats. Prior to login, purchase, or other online interactions, Norton Confidential for Macintosh automatically inspects Web sites for known threats and suspicious behavior and helps protect your highly sensitive data from getting phished by identity thieves.

Norton Confidential for Macintosh provides easy-to-use online security protection so users are up and running in no time. A Norton Confidential for Macintosh toolbar sits below the user's Internet browser toolbar, giving consumers constant reassurance that their online transactions are secure. Norton Confidential for Macintosh features a single, bold and simple indicator that communicates fraud threat levels -- when on a secure site, users see a green indicator with the words "Site verified."

Norton Confidential for Macintosh's key features include:

--  Phishing Protection - Norton Confidential safeguards users from
    visiting and/or submitting confidential information to known and unknown
    phishing websites.
--  File Guard - File Guard locks down important files to protect users'
    data from getting tampered, whether by a hacker or accidental deletion by a
    friend or family member.
--  Information Guard - Information Guard ensures confidential information
    such as government issued identification numbers, credit card numbers, or
    even address or telephone numbers can't leave without the permission of the
--  Vulnerability Protection - This type of protection is commonly
    described by security professionals as a "network intrusion protection
    system" or an intrusion prevention system (IPS)." Vulnerability protection
    delivers same day protection against operating system and application
    attacks, rather than weeks later as with operating system and application
Pricing and Availability

Norton Confidential for Macintosh is scheduled to be available for purchase through the Symantec online store at, as well as various retail locations and online retailers in October 2006. The suggested retail price of Norton Confidential for Macintosh is US$49.99 (includes one-year subscription to receive Symantec's protection updates via LiveUpdate).

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