Symantec Releases 2014 Norton Security Software Lineup

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Symantec on Wednesday released the 2014 editions of its computer security software, featuring the first Norton product for multi-device security, along with new under-the-cover protections across the lineup.

The new Norton 360 Multi-Device combines Norton Mobile Security, offered for both Android and iOS devices, with Norton Internet Security for Mac and Norton 360, a long-time product for Windows PCs, said Robert Reynolds, senior product manager at Symantec.

Symantec is also continuing to provide Norton AntiVirus (NAV) and Norton Internet Security (NIS) in both Windows and Mac flavors.

Norton Management Portal

Users can manage all of these products through a Norton Management portal on the Web, designed to automatically detect which devices are connected, Reynolds said, in a briefing for NotebookReview.

After making a total overhaul of Norton’s user interface (UI) in the 2013 lineup, Symantec is focusing the 2014 family mainly on improvements in security protection and performance metrics like installation and boot times and average time to scan.

“Web attacks are on the rise again,” Reynolds contended. About 61 percent of infected Web sites are legitimate, according to research by Symantec.

Scams continue to evolve, he added, pointing to exploits like surveys, fake offers, and fake plug-ins.

Accordingly, Symantec has added new data fields to its Scam Insight tool to help prevent theft of personal information such as physical addresses, phone numbers, and login credentials.

‘Trusted Processes,” User Profile Recovery, Automated Repair Scripts

A new “trusted processes” feature uses behavioral analysis to help guard against threats such as process hijacking and injection.

Meanwhile, Symantec has expanded Norton’s “reputation lookups,” for checking the reputations of Web sites and files, across new file entry points.

Also new are automated repair scripts, to help repair Windows system files crippled by malware, and a new User Profile Recovery tool in Norton Power Eraser aimed at “combating malware that locks user profiles and cleaning systems that will not even boot in safe mode,” Reynolds said.

In addition, Norton’s Identity Safe has received a new “welcome experience,” support for Chrome and Firefox browsers on the Mac side, and usability enhancements across form-filling, search, and setup.

Pricing is as follows: $99.99 for Norton 360 Multi-Device (one year of protection for up to five devices); $89.99 for Norton 360 (one year of protection for up to three PCs); $79.99 for NIS (one year of protection for up to three PCs; $49.99 for NAV (one year of protection for one PC).

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