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Symantec Announces New Norton Internet Security for Mac

Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC), makers of Norton security software, announced the availability of Norton Internet Security 4 for Mac, a next-generation security suite that integrates an all-new firewall and antivirus protection with tools to help protect against identity theft. The newest version of Norton Internet Security for Mac installs in about one minute and features an improved user interface with fast, unobtrusive updates. In addition, the solution includes fully configurable settings for more technical users.

Symantec also launched today Norton Internet Security for Mac Dual Protection, securing Mac users running Boot Camp or other Windows virtualization software — programs that allow users to run both Mac OS X Leopard and Windows operating systems. This solution provides comprehensive protection from both Mac and Windows-based vulnerabilities and malicious code. With Norton Internet Security for Mac Dual Protection, Mac users benefit by receiving Symantec’s newest security suite for the Mac and the award-winning Norton Internet Security 2009 for Windows.

While automatically blocking computers attempting to exploit vulnerabilities from connecting to the Mac using different protocols, Norton Internet Security for Mac’s firewall now also offers application control, which allows users to manage the applications that are connecting to the Internet, protecting Macs from spyware. Also, new location awareness controls let users specify different connection settings for every network to which the computer is connected. Norton Internet Security for Mac is also integrated with Symantec’s DeepSight Threat Management System, updating the firewall rules at least once a day to protect against the latest attacking IP addresses.

According to the Symantec Report on the Underground Economy, credit card and financial information make up more than 50 percent of the stolen goods advertised by cyber criminals online. To help consumers protect their personal information online from phishing threats, Norton Internet Security for Mac now includes the leading commercial antiphishing solution for Safari and Firefox browsers. By blocking fake Web sites and authenticating popular Web sites, Norton Internet Security for Mac allows users to bank, shop and browse online with confidence.

"Even Mac owners are susceptible to online threats, and when it comes to phishing, it doesn’t matter what platform you’re using," said Rowan Trollope, senior vice president, Consumer Business Unit, Symantec. "The data we are seeing from Symantec’s Security Response is showing that Macs can be a target for viruses and malware. Norton Internet Security for Mac now helps safeguard users from phishing threats, malware and hackers, without compromising system performance."

In addition to comprehensive antivirus protection, Norton Internet Security for Mac also features vulnerability protection, addressing the avenue where many of today’s attacks occur — through applications connected to the Internet. This technology prevents threats from infecting systems and deletes and blocks malware and viruses from installing.

Pricing and Availability
Norton Internet Security for Mac and Norton Internet Security for Mac Dual Protection are available now for purchase in the U.S. through the Symantec online store at www.symantecstore.com as well as various retail locations and online.

The suggested retail price for Norton Internet Security for Mac is US$79.99, which includes a one-year subscription to Symantec protection updates. The suggested retail price for Norton Internet Security for Mac Dual Protection is US$89.99, which includes a one-year subscription to Symantec protection updates.

 [December 19, 2008]


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