Symantec updates consumer security lineup

Symantec released the latest version of its Norton security software, adding a new "protection center" to its Norton Internet Security 2006 applications suite.

Symantec has released the latest version of its Norton security software, adding a new protection centre to its Norton Internet Security 2006 applications suite.

The Norton Protection Centre aggregates a variety of security information and presents it in a straightforward format intended to help consumers more easily understand what security features they need to enable. It will be included in the Norton Internet Security 2006 suite and in the company's two standalone products, Norton AntiVirus 2006 and Norton Personal Firewall 2006.

Dropped from the company's standalone list this year is Norton AntiSpam, which will now only be available in the Internet Security 2006 suite. That bundle ties together Norton AntiVirus, Personal Firewall, AntiSpam, Privacy Control and Parental Control. Current Symantec customers, as well as users of competitive products, will be able to upgrade to the new Norton Internet Security suite. Prices for all of Symantec's consumer security software include a one-year subscription for updates.

Norton AntiVirus 2006 includes enhanced detection tools for zapping spyware and adware. Low-risk adware programs are flagged but not automatically removed, Symantec said.

Norton Personal Firewall 2006 is designed to analyse applications already installed on a user's PC and configure itself around them, a feature Symantec expects to reduce the number of alert messages customers encounter during setup.

Other new features in Norton Internet Security 2006 include a security inspector feature to help customers examine and fix security holes like permissive browser settings or weak Windows passwords, and new antispam functionality aimed at better identifying and blocking phishing emails.

The estimated retail price for Norton AntiVirus 2006 is AUD$79.95; Norton AntiVirus 2006 Home Protection Pack (with three-user license) is AUD$119.95 with 5 and 10-user Small Office Packs priced at AUD$199.95 and AUD$329.95 respectively. Norton Internet Security 2006 is AUD$129.95 while Norton Personal Firewall 2006 is AUD$79.95.

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