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<p>Symantec Offers Consumers Worry-Free Security and Data Protection</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia. – 25 October 2005 – Symantec today announced the release of the latest line of security solutions that offer consumers stronger security and data protection while also requiring less user intervention. The products—Norton Internet Security 2006, Norton AntiVirus 2006, and Norton Personal Firewall 2006—also provide a more adaptive, personalised defence against existing and emerging threats.</p>
<p>“Today, the majority of Australian Internet users are going online to do their shopping, banking or simply communicate with family and friends*,” said David Hall, consumer and small business manager, Symantec Pacific region. “Yet the ever-increasing threat of fraudulent activity is seeing many of them changing their behaviour and limiting the opportunities the Internet can provide as concerns around loss of personal information reaches an all time high.</p>
<p>While many consumers do see the need for securing their computers, a high percentage of people are unsure if they are adequately protected or how to ensure they are. The introduction of Symantec’s Norton Protection Centre instantly places consumers at ease by providing a comprehensive solution that addresses all their needs and speaks to them in simple, everyday language.”</p>
<p>All computer users today face a common set of problems in keeping their systems safe and protected. Norton Internet Security 2006, Norton AntiVirus 2006, and Norton Personal Firewall 2006 are designed to make protection easier and better than ever. New features and functions unlock users’ computing potential by making security less user-intensive and more proactive, automatic, and effortless right out of the box. The new solutions also make it quick and easy for users to understand their security status by providing one destination point for protection rather than requiring them to go to multiple Web sites or product interfaces. In addition, to ensure that security is relevant to every user, the updated products help users understand how each security solution safeguards their specific online activities.</p>
<p>Included in all three of these Norton 2006 solutions is Norton Protection Centre, a new approach to alleviate the frustration most consumers feel when it comes to system and data security. By aggregating and summarising what users need to know, Norton Protection Centre effectively addresses the confusion many people experience with other computer and data safety products. Norton Protection Centre uses simple, everyday language to make security relevant to the activities consumers use their computers for such as Web surfing, email and downloading digital photos and music. Also new this year, Norton users receive the added benefit of obtaining product technology and feature updates throughout the year, helping provide protection against the latest security risks as they surface.</p>
<p>Today’s complex threats require comprehensive protection. Norton Internet Security 2006 delivers protection by seamlessly integrating Norton AntiVirus, Norton Personal Firewall, Norton AntiSpam, Norton Privacy Control and Norton Parental Control in one simple-to-use solution. Norton Internet Security 2006 offers users better security and data protection than ever before. For example, the antispam component of Norton Internet Security has been tuned to identify and stop new emerging phishing emails while allowing legitimate emails to be delivered to the user’s inbox.</p>
<p>The unique Security Inspector feature, also new to Norton Internet Security 2006, offers users a simple and easy way to look at and fix inadequate browser security settings, weak Windows passwords, risks within hidden shared folders, or unneeded services—the most common vulnerabilities that expose users to threats. Security Inspector, coupled with the Norton Protection Centre, gives users an easy, streamlined, hassle-free way to answer the critical question: is my system safe?</p>
<p>Norton AntiVirus 2006 is available both as a standalone solution and as a component of Norton Internet Security 2006. Norton AntiVirus 2006 extends Symantec’s best-of-breed antivirus removal technology to new risks such as spyware and adware and deals with the unique side effects of these risks, including changes to the registry, processes, files, and more. Norton AntiVirus 2006 now stops home page hijacking spyware to give users improved protection without requiring definition updates.</p>
<p>As always, Norton AntiVirus 2006 is an install-it-and-forget-it solution that actively works in the background, is fully automated, and remains up-to-date by retrieving daily protection updates from Symantec without requiring user interaction. The 2006 version has been significantly enhanced to automatically detect and remove today’s high-risk spyware and adware programs. Spyware and adware risks are evolving rapidly and many of the most aggressive spyware applications are adopting virus-like characteristics. Norton AntiVirus’ fresh approach to detection and removal provides a robust new defense to help address the changing spyware landscape.</p>
<p>Because not all risks are the same, Norton AntiVirus 2006 does not forcefully remove low-risk adware programs but provides users with a recommended course of action. Norton Quarantine and Restore also makes it easy to undo the removal of low-risk adware programs if necessary.</p>
<p>Norton Personal Firewall 2006 is also available both as a standalone product and as a component of Norton Internet Security 2006. Right out of the box, Norton Personal Firewall comes preconfigured to recognise and properly handle today’s most popular applications. These intelligent firewall rules allow consumers to use their computers safely while eliminating the confusing alerts that plague other firewall products.</p>
<p>When included as part of Norton Internet Security 2006, Norton Personal Firewall takes this ease-of-use one step further by automatically configuring the firewall functionality based on the software already installed on the user’s PC. This new learning functionality improves the initial setup by selectively performing security inspections on the applications users runs on their system and then automatically creating firewall rules specific to the individual computer.
Norton Personal Firewall also incorporates advanced intrusion prevention technology. This extra layer of security forms a proactive shield around the user’s computer and automatically protects against Windows and browser vulnerabilities even if the computer does not have all the necessary software patches installed.</p>
<p>Norton Internet Security, Norton AntiVirus, and Norton Personal Firewall are backed by Symantec Security Response, a team of dedicated intrusion experts, security engineers, virus hunters, and global technical support teams that work in tandem to provide extensive coverage for enterprise businesses and consumers. Symantec Security Response provides customers with comprehensive, global, 24x7 Internet security expertise to guard against today’s complex Internet threats. Symantec Security Response now also supplies users with daily protection updates to fight off spyware, new viruses and blended threats.</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability
Norton AntiVirus 2006, Norton Internet Security 2006, and Norton Personal Firewall 2006 are available for preorder at the Symantec online store at www.symantecstore.com. The products are available for purchase today.</p>
<p>The estimated retail price for Norton AntiVirus 2006 is A$79.95. The estimated retail price for Norton AntiVirus 2006 Home Protection Pack (with three-user license) is A$119.95; 5- and 10-user Small Office Packs are priced at an estimated A$199.95 and A$329.95 respectively.
The estimated retail price for Norton Internet Security 2006 is A$129.95. The Norton Internet Security 2006 Home Protection Pack (with three-user license) has an estimated priced of A$199.95; and 5-user Small Office Packs are priced at an estimated A$299.95.</p>
<p>The estimated retail price for Norton Personal Firewall 2006 is A$79.95.
Prices for all Symantec consumer security products include a one-year subscription to Symantec’s protection updates.</p>
<p>*Information taken from a Symantec survey conducted by Bread & Butter Research & Planning (Australia), May 2005. The survey interviewed over 300 consumers in Australia and 200 consumers in New Zealand aged 18 to 55 years. All respondents were required to have access and use of the Internet at home for private (non business) use.</p>
Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
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