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History of Norton Internet Security

Jun 12, 2011

We all know that the world (especially in the tech world) is changing so fast that we do not even have time to see how these changes occur. And all that yesterday seemed to be an innovation tomorrow will be history — the history that is the basis for progress and future technologies. And probably, the software is one of the most rapidly growing areas where almost every day you can see „new changes”.

In this post, I want to write a brief history of the Norton Internet Security, more precisely, the key features of this security suite, which were designed from its inception to the present day. In addition, I add a brief description of the product, the product box image and information about the press release, with which you can find more detailed use information.

I hope this article will help you notice how Norton Internet Security has progressed and changed with each version, and also see the whole history of the Norton Internet Security, which comprises more than one decade — starting with Norton Internet Security 2000 until latest version.

So let’s look back at the past of the Norton Internet Security versions:


Norton Internet Security 2000

Description:

Norton Internet Security 2000 product box Norton Internet Security 2000 provides essential Internet protection for your home PC. This complete, integrated security and privacy suite helps you defend your computer against hackers with Norton Personal Firewall. You also get Symantec’s award-winning Norton AntiVirus 2000 software to stop viruses, malicious ActiveX controls and Java programs, and other dangerous code. In addition, Norton Privacy Control lets you keep personal information from being sent to web sites without your permission, control Internet „cookies” and block banner ads to accelerate download speeds. If you use the Internet, you can’t afford to be without the protection of Norton Internet Security 2000.

Press Release:

Title: Norton Internet Security First Product To Give Pc Users Complete Internet Protection
Date: October 18, 1999
URL: http://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article.jsp?prid=19991018_02

Symantec announced Norton Internet Security 2000, the first product to offer a comprehensive and fully integrated Internet Security and Online Privacy solution that safeguards PC users against the vulnerabilities and dangers of Internet-based computing.

Key features:

  • Defend PC against hackers
    Norton Personal Firewall, found in Norton Internet Security 2000, safeguards your PC by controlling both incoming and outgoing Internet connections. It alerts you to unauthorized connection attempts by hackers, lets you control which applications can access the Internet, and keeps detailed logs to help you determine the source of questionable connections.

  • Anti-virus protection
    AntiVirus offers automatic protection against viruses, malicious ActiveX controls and Java applets, and other dangerous code, protects you while you’re surfing the Internet or getting information from floppy disks, CDs, or a network. It also automatically scans incoming attachments in the most popular email programs and is extremely easy to keep updated, with automatic retrieval of new anti-virus definitions from Symantec as often as once a week.

  • Keep personal information private
    Norton Privacy Control makes sure that no one in your household accidentally sends credit-card numbers or other confidential data over an unsecure connection, where it could be intercepted and read by unscrupulous people. It can also prevent web servers from retrieving your email address and other personal information without your knowledge.

  • Prevent web sites from tracking activities
    „Cookies” are small text files placed on your computer by a web server to help it remember information about you. Although cookies can make web surfing more convenient (such as by storing your preferences for a site), they also raise privacy concerns, because they can track your movements around the web. Norton Privacy Control puts you in charge by allowing you to specify which web sites can record information about your activities within a site or between different sites.

  • Block unwanted banner ads and pop-up windows
    With Norton Internet Security 2000, you can reduce screen clutter and accelerate download speeds by stopping web servers from sending banner ads and pop-up windows. You can also block ActiveX controls and Java applets on a site-by-site basis, permitting you to use your favorite sites normally while protecting you from possible dangers on unfamiliar sites.


Norton Internet Security 2001

Description:

Norton Internet Security 2001 product box Norton Internet Security 2001 provides essential Internet protection for your home PC. This complete, integrated security and privacy suite helps you defend your computer against hackers with Norton Personal Firewall. You also get Symantec’s award-winning Norton AntiVirus 2001 to stop viruses, malicious ActiveX controls, Java programs, and other dangerous code. It includes the new automatic LiveUpdate technology that checks for new virus definitions when you’re on-line. In addition, Norton Privacy Control lets you keep personal information from being sent to web sites without your permission, control Internet „cookies” and block banner ads to accelerate download speeds. If you use the Internet, you can’t afford to be without the protection of Norton Internet Security 2001.

Press Release:

Title: Norton Internet Security 2001 Now Support Windows Millennium Edition
Date: September 18, 2000
URL: http://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article.jsp?prid=20000918_01

Symantec Corporation announced that Norton Internet Security 2001 v.2.5, Norton Internet Security 2001 Family Edition v.2.5 and Norton Personal Firewall 2001 v.2.5 now support Windows Millennium Edition, along with Windows 9x, Windows NT and Windows 2000.

Key features:

  • new Script blocking is an exclusive virus detection technology that proactively protects against certain known and unknown threats without the need for virus definitions. Unlike other threats that still require virus definitions, this technology automatically blocks common script-based threats that arrive via email, such as the renowned „ILoveYou” and „AnnaKorunikova” viruses. Script blocking monitors scripts and alerts users to virus-like malicious behavior, stopping these viruses before they can infect a system.

  • Integration of all components in one suite offers comprehensive protection against Internet privacy threats and security risks.

  • Norton AntiVirus gives you award-winning protection from Internet and email viruses, and even keeps itself updated automatically.

  • new Intrusion Protection with AutoBlock automatically blocks systems from trying to probe your PC’s ports.

  • new Security Assistant helps you quickly and easily configure product settings.

  • improved Internet Access Control stops spyware and Trojan horse programs from spying on you or retrieving private information.

  • new Internet Zone Control simplifies firewall protection for home networks by allowing you to assign computers to a trusted zone behind the firewall.

  • new Alert Tracker informs you of important activities such as port scanning attempts and security alerts.
  • Norton Privacy Control can prevent web sites from tracking your actives with cookies.

  • Ad blocking keeps banner ads, pop-up windows, and other web clutter off your screen.

  • One year of free updates via LiveUpdate defends your computer from new viruses and hacker threats.

  • 24-hour protection provides vital Internet security for dial-up, DSL and cable modem users.
  • Complete integration of all components ensures comprehensive Internet privacy and security.

  • Norton AntiVirus 2001 gives you award-winning protection from Internet and email viruses, and even keeps itself updated automatically.

  • Norton Personal Firewall defends your PC against hackers. Select preconfigured low, medium, or high security settings for instant protection, or create your own custom firewall rules.

  • Norton Privacy Control protects personal information from being sent to web sites inappropriately, blocks applications from sending information across the web without your knowledge, and lets you control the use of Internet „cookies”.

  • Ad blocking keeps banner ads, pop-up windows, and other web clutter off your screen.

  • Easy installation and setup let you start enjoying the benefits of Norton Internet Security 2001 right away.

  • 24-hour protection provides vital security for dial-up, DSL, and cable modem users.


Norton Internet Security 2002

Description:

Norton Internet Security 2002 product box Norton Internet Security 2002 is your essential protection from viruses, hackers, and privacy threats. It protects you and your PC when you email, bank, shop, or play online. This powerful suite includes Norton AntiVirus, the world’s most trusted anti-virus solution, Norton Personal Firewall to block hackers’ intrusions, and Norton Privacy Control to keep personal information private.

Press Release:

Title: New Norton Internet Security 2002 Delivers Unmatched Protection to Online PC Users
Date: August 28, 2001
URL: http://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article.jsp?prid=20010828_01

Symantec Corporation, a world leader in Internet security, announced Norton Internet Security 2002, the most complete and well-integrated online security and privacy suite for Windows users. Now compatible with Windows XP, Norton Internet Security 2002 features Symantec’s updated, best-of-breed firewall, privacy, anti-virus, and content filtering technologies in a single, easy-to-use suite.

Key features:

  • Norton AntiVirus
    • new Automatic removal of many viruses lets you work without interruption.

    • new Script Blocking stops script-based threats such as the „I Love You” and „Anna Kournikova” viruses.

    • new Scans and cleans incoming and outgoing email messages.

    • new Integration with Windows Explorer lets you easily access many common Norton AntiVirus functions.
  • Norton Personal Firewall
    • Intrusion protection, a full-strength firewall, and application control combine to protect you and your PC from online threats.

    • Intrusion Protection with AutoBlock automatically blocks systems from trying to probe your PC’s ports.

    • improved Internet Access Control automatically determines which applications can safely access the Internet.

    • new Home Network Wizard automatically detects home networks for easy setup.
  • Norton Privacy Control
    • Protects personal information from being sent to unsecured Web sites.

    • new Instant messaging filter blocks confidential information from being sent through MSN Messenger, Windows Messenger, or AOL Instant Messenger.
  • Norton Parental Control
    • Provides a customizable list of potentially unacceptable Web sites.

    • new Parental Control Wizard makes it easy to set up access privileges for each member of your household.

    • new Norton Parental Control automatically recognizes and uses Windows Accounts profiles.
  • Other
    • Automatic Internet updates protect your computer against new Internet threats.

    • Complete integration of powerful components gives you comprehensive protection against Internet threats.

    • 24-hour protection provides for dial-up, DSL, and cable modem users.

    • Ad blocking keeps banner ads and other Web clutter off your screen.


Norton Internet Security 2003

Description:

Norton Internet Security 2003 product box Symantec’s Norton Internet Security 2003 provides essential protection from viruses, hackers, and privacy threats. Included are full versions of Norton AntiVirus and Norton Personal Firewall, which efficiently defend your PC from the most common Internet dangers. You also get Norton Spam Alert to block unwanted email, and Norton Parental Control to protect your children online.

Press Release:

Title: New Norton Internet Security 2003 Delivers Comprehensive Protection Against Online Security Threats
Date: September 16, 2002
URL: http://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article.jsp?prid=20020916_01

Symantec Corporation, the world leader in Internet security, announced Norton Internet Security 2003, the most tightly integrated and complete online security and privacy suite. Norton Internet Security 2003 features a simplified user interface along with Symantec’s updated, best-of-breed firewall, intrusion detection, privacy control, antivirus and content filtering technologies in a single, easy-to-use suite. Norton Internet Security 2003 protects against blended threats such as Nimda and Code Red, which use multiple methods to attack and quickly cause widespread damage.

Key features:

  • Norton AntiVirus
    • new Detects and blocks viruses in instant message attachments.

    • enhanced Automatically removes viruses, worms, and Trojan horses.

    • Scans and cleans both incoming and outgoing email messages.

    • Script Blocking and new Worm Blocking can detect new threats even before virus definitions are created for them.
  • Norton Personal Firewall
    • new Intrusion Detection automatically blocks Internet attacks.

    • new Alert Assistant provides detailed information to help you choose the best course of action.

    • new Security Monitor displays the status of your Internet protection and lets you stop or resume all Internet traffic with a click of a button.

    • Automatic program control determines which programs can safely connect to the Internet.

    • One Button Disconnect lets you stop or resume all Internet traffic with a single click.

    • Network Notification lets you know when your computer has joined a wired or wireless network.
  • Norton Privacy Control
    • new Prevents confidential information from being sent out without your knowledge through email, Microsoft Office attachments as well as instant messages and Web sites.
  • Norton Spam Alert
    • new Helps you keep junk mail out of your inbox by checking email coming in via popular POP3 clients such as Microsoft Outlook Express, Eudora, and Netscape Messenger.
  • Norton Parental Control
    • new Blocks access to newsgroups, as well as Web sites that are unsuitable for your children.

    • Allows you to set up different Internet access privileges for each person in your household.
  • Other
    • 24-hour protection provides vital Internet security for dial-up, DSL, and cable modem users.

    • enhanced Ad blocking now stops even more banner ads, pop-up windows, pop-under windows, and other Web distractions.

    • LiveUpdate automatically downloads new security updates.


Norton Internet Security 2004

Description:

Norton Internet Security 2004 product box Symantec’s Norton Internet Security 2004 provides essential protection from viruses, hackers, and privacy threats. Powerful yet easy to use, this award-winning suite now includes advanced spam-fighting software to filter unwanted mail out of your inbox. Protect yourself, your family, and your PC online with Norton Internet Security 2004.

Press Release:

Title: Norton Internet Security 2004 Provides Comprehensive Protection Against Online Threats Including Spyware and Spam
Date: September 08, 2003
URL: http://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article.jsp?prid=20030908_01

Symantec Corporation, the world leader in Internet security, today announced Norton Internet Security 2004, an easy-to-use and comprehensive online security and privacy suite for home and small office PC users. Norton Internet Security 2004 will provide comprehensive protection against today’s most prevalent Internet threats and will now offer expanded protection against spyware and unwanted email. Scheduled to be available by mid-September, Norton Internet Security 2004 will include Symantec’s best-of-breed antivirus, firewall, intrusion detection, privacy protection, spam filtering, and content filtering solutions in a single tightly integrated suite.

Key features:

  • Norton AntiVirus
    • new Expanded threat detection alerts you to certain non-virus threats such as spyware and keystroke logging programs.

    • Automatically removes viruses, worms, and Trojan horses.

    • Scans and cleans instant message attachments, incoming and outgoing email messages, and other files.
  • Norton Personal Firewall
    • new A Web assistant lets you block ads and access other program options from Microsoft Internet Explorer.

    • new Network Detector allows you to define firewall settings for different networks, then automatically switches to the proper settings for the network you’re using.

    • Hides your PC on the Internet so that hackers can’t see it.

    • Norton Intrusion Detection automatically blocks Internet attacks.
  • Norton Privacy Control
    • Prevents confidential information from being sent out without your knowledge in email, instant messages, Microsoft Office attachments, and Web forms.
  • Norton AntiSpam
    • new Filters unwanted email messages in any POP3-compliant email program by adding a „spam” tag in the Subject field.

    • new Integrates with Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Outlook Express, and Eudora for instant, automatic filtering of junk mail.

    • new Works with Outlook to filter junk email from Hotmail and MSN Mail accounts.
  • Norton Parental Control
    • Blocks access to Web sites and newsgroups that you consider unsuitable for your children.

    • Allows you to set up different Internet access privileges for each member of your household.
  • Other
    • new Includes product activation procedure to ensure authenticity. Product Activation is a technology designed to protect users from pirated or counterfeit software by limiting use of a product to those users who have acquired a license to the product legitimately.

    • Blocks unwanted Web ads.

    • LiveUpdate downloads new protection updates automatically.


Norton Internet Security 2005

Description:

Norton Internet Security 2005 product box Symantec’s Norton Internet Security 2005 provides essential protection from viruses, hackers, and privacy threats. Norton AntiVirus is the world’s most trusted antivirus solution (top-selling antivirus software product from December 2000 through June 2004 based on The NPD Group’s retail Top Selling Business Software list). Norton Personal Firewall keeps personal data in and hackers out. And Norton Privacy Control, Norton AntiSpam, and Norton Parental Control safeguard you and your family from other common online risks.

Press Release:

Title: Symantec Announces Most Comprehensive Line of Internet Security Solutions with Added Protection Against the Latest Online Threats
Date: August 18, 2004
URL: http://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article.jsp?prid=20040818_01

Symantec Corporation, the world leader in information security, announced the upcoming release of the latest line of Symantec consumer and home office Internet security solutions, which feature enhanced levels of protection designed to address the newest and most rampant online threats. Led by Symantec’s integrated security and privacy protection suite, Norton Internet Security 2005, the new line of comprehensive solutions includes best-of-breed core protection point products — Norton AntiVirus 2005, Norton Personal Firewall 2005, and Norton AntiSpam 2005.

Key features:

  • Norton AntiVirus
    • new Norton Internet Worm Protection stops certain damaging Internet worms at the point of entry.

    • Automatically removes viruses, worms, and Trojan horses.

    • Blocks viruses in instant message attachments.

    • Scans and cleans incoming and outgoing email messages, including compressed files.

    • Detects spyware and certain non-virus threats such as adware and keystroke logging programs.
  • Norton Personal Firewall
    • new Automatically turns the firewall back on after a set period of time if you need to turn it off temporarily.

    • Hides your PC on the Internet so that hackers can’t find it.

    • Intrusion prevention technology automatically blocks suspicious incoming traffic.

    • Network Detector automatically switches security setups when you move your laptop from network to network.
  • Norton Privacy Control
    • new Confidential information blocking now lets you send personal data to sites you trust while protecting you from sending it to sites you don’t.

    • Prevents confidential information from being sent out without your knowledge in email, instant messages, Microsoft Office attachments, and Web forms.
  • Norton AntiSpam
    • new Filters email coming to Yahoo! Mail accounts.

    • new Helps detect and filter fraudulent and explicit email.

    • new Automatically synchronizes its Allowed List with your POP3 email address books.

    • Filters unwanted email messages in any POP3-compliant email program.

    • Integrates with Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Outlook Express, and Eudora for instant, automatic filtering of junk mail.
  • Parental Control
    • Blocks access to Web sites and newsgroups that you consider unsuitable for your children.
  • Other
    • new Outbreak Alert notifies you about high-level Internet threats.

    • LiveUpdate downloads new protection updates automatically.


Norton Internet Security 2006

Description:

Norton Internet Security 2006 product box Norton Internet Security 2006 gives you the confidence to travel the Internet like never before, protected against viruses, hackers, spyware, and spam. A comprehensive set of security tools, Norton Internet Security helps keep you safe online as you surf and email, swap files, download programs, and chat.

Press Release:

Title: Symantec Offers Consumers Worry-Free Security and Data Protection
Date: September 26, 2005
URL: http://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article.jsp?prid=20050926_01

Symantec Corporation 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, personalized defense against existing and emerging threats.

Key features:

  • Automatically filters spam and dangerous phishing email.

  • Automatically removes viruses, Trojan horses, and worms.

  • Automatically blocks intruders and identity thieves.

  • Hides your computer from hackers.

  • Scans email and IM attachments for virus threats.

  • improved Alerts you to serious virus outbreaks and adjusts your security settings accordingly.

  • Gives you control over all incoming and outgoing Internet traffic.

  • Prevents confidential information from being sent without your permission.

  • Blocks Web sites you don’t want your children to visit.

  • Blocks banner ads and popup windows.

  • new Includes 12 months of protection updates and new product features as available throughout the year; annual subscriptions available for subsequent renewal.

  • new Inspects your computer for security holes with one click.

  • new Detects and removes dangerous spyware, keystroke loggers, and other unwanted monitoring software.


Norton Internet Security 2007

Description:

Norton Internet Security 2007 product box Norton Internet Security 2007 is a powerful security suite that includes the antivirus and antispyware protection of Norton AntiVirus and safeguards against the latest online dangers by providing sophisticated new phishing protection, an enhanced firewall, and defense against software vulnerabilities. The Intrusion Prevention feature in Norton Internet Security 2007 offers critical protection against recently discovered vulnerabilities in the Windows operating system and other popular applications.

Press Release:

Title: Norton Internet Security 2007 Provide State-Of-The-Art Security and Performance to Protect Against Today’s Newest Threat
Date: September 12, 2006
URL: http://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article.jsp?prid=20060912_02

Symantec Corporation announced the launch of Norton AntiVirus 2007 and Norton Internet Security 2007, industry leading security applications that have been enhanced in technology and performance to protect users from today’s evolving online threats.

Key features:

  • Automatically detects and blocks viruses, spyware, and worms.

  • Advanced phishing protection identifies and blocks fraudulent websites.

  • Rootkit Protection finds and removes hidden threats in the operating system.

  • Smart firewall blocks hackers and stops spyware transmitting unauthorized information.

  • Intrusion Prevention automatically shields newly discovered security vulnerabilities.

  • Network protection configures security settings when logged on at home, or on public networks.

  • Full System Scan performs a deep scan to remove existing viruses, spyware and other threats.

  • Norton Protection Center provides a central place to easily check overall security settings.

  • Includes protection updates and new product features as available throughout the renewable service period.


Norton Internet Security 2008

Description:

Norton Internet Security 2008 product box Norton Internet Security 2008 is a complete security solution that runs quietly in the background to detect and block today’s complex online threats. Norton Internet Security includes all of the features and functionality of Norton AntiVirus which continues to be the gold standard in virus detection garnering 33 consecutive Virus Bulletin 100 awards, an unmatched standard of reliability in the industry.

Press Release:

Title: Symantec Launches Norton Internet Security 2008
Date: August 28, 2007
URL: http://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article.jsp?prid=20070828_01

Symantec Corporation announced the launch of Norton Internet Security 2008 and Norton AntiVirus 2008, industry leading security solutions that have been enhanced to provide computer users with comprehensive protection against new and emerging online threats, including disguised attacks used by drive-by downloads. In addition, Norton Internet Security 2008 will also feature Norton Identity Safe to protect users’ identities when they buy, bank or browse online. The company has also optimized each product for greater performance, improved technical support and reduced user interruption. With Norton 2008 products, users have powerful solutions that effectively guard against new threats and extend protection beyond the PC to wireless home networks and online identities.

Key features:

  • Spyware protection: detects and eliminates spyware

  • Removes viruses and Internet worms automatically

  • Anti virus security: protects email and instant messaging from viruses

  • Protects against hackers

  • Blocks identity theft by phishing Web sites

  • new Browser Defender defends against drive-by downloads and other new or unknown threats that exploit vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. Revolutionary, zero-day proactive protection against obfuscated code attacks using ActiveX, JavaScript, and VBScript that specifically target the browser.

  • new Improved performance delivers faster starts and scans. Building on performance enhancements delivered in the 2007 product line, Symantec has raised the bar and further extended performance gains with significant improvements in key performance measures. Compared to Norton Internet Security 2007, the 2008 user interface responds 22% faster and completes a quick scan up to 39% faster. And as compared to an industry average of nine competitors, Norton Internet Security 2008 leads across five key performance areas including boot time (20% faster), memory usage (69% less), full scan (12% faster), user interface response (54% faster) and download speed (31% faster).

  • new One-Click Support delivers the same convenient access to support options previously available in Norton 360. This all-new approach to support automatically troubleshoots common issues such as connectivity, licensing, and product activation. It also provides direct access to tech support via telephone, free email or free live chat — all from within the main user interface.

  • new Network security monitoring helps protect your wireless network. Home Network Feature maps connected devices to provide a view of devices on the local network. Monitors the overall security status of other computers with Norton Internet Security 2008 or Norton AntiVirus 2008 installed. In addition, within Norton Internet Security 2008 this feature checks the status of wireless network security, alerts users when they connect to an unsecure wireless network, and provides expert advice to help users manage network security settings. Wireless network security status provides recommendations for securing wireless routers along with educational information about home network security.

  • new Norton Identity Safe keeps personal information and identity safeguarded when buying, banking or browsing online. It enables users to control which information is shared with Web sites, stores private information securely, and fills in passwords and Web forms automatically. It stores and encrypts passwords and other confidential data, automatically retrieving it at a user’s request to save time and protect it from being stolen by eavesdropping keystroke loggers.

  • new Works quietly in the background

  • Prevents virus-infected emails from spreading

  • Rootkit detection searches underneath the operating system using patented technology

  • Includes protection updates and new product features as available throughout the renewable service period

  • The powerful SONAR behavioral detection technology protects against malicious code before standard virus and spyware detection definitions have been created. In Norton Internet Security 2008, SONAR will run a full scan every time an application attempts outbound communication, further protecting identity information by improving the firewall’s effectiveness against unknown threats. This breadth of new functionality complements the rich existing security protection of Norton Internet Security, which includes class leading rootkit protection capabilities as well as new Threat Interceptor vulnerability protection technologies. Threat Interceptor technologies include:
    • Browser Defender;
    • Intrusion Prevention;
    • Generic Exploit Blocking;

  • On-going Protection option automatically renews your subscription


Norton Internet Security 2009

Description:

Norton Internet Security 2009 product box Norton Internet Security 2009 is fast, comprehensive, and up-to-the-minute protection against online threats. It safeguards your computer, your identity, and your home network without slowing you down. Completely reengineered, it sets a new standard for speed and makes online shopping, banking, and browsing safer and more convenient than ever.

Press Release:

Title: Symantec Launches Fastest Security Products in the World
Date: September 9, 2008
URL: http://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article.jsp?prid=20080909_01

Symantec Corporation announced the availability of Norton Internet Security 2009 and Norton AntiVirus 2009, setting a new industry standard for speed and performance. The Norton 2009 products were designed with a «zero-impact» performance goal, supported by more than 300 improvements that span nearly every aspect of the product, from the scanning engines to the user interface.

Key features:

  • Engineered for Speed
    • new Proven fastest and lightest security suite available (Norton Internet Security 2009 is the fastest security suite available based on performance testing conducted by PassMark Software, August 2008).

    • new Installs in under one minute on average requires less than 7 MB of memory (Install time and Memory Requirement Norton Internet Security 2009 and Norton AntiVirus 2009 install in under one minute and require less than 8 MB of memory on average, based on performance testing conducted by PassMark Software («Antivirus, Internet Security and Total Security Products Performance Benchmarking (2009)» September 2008), on systems without security software previously installed and running Windows Vista).

    • new Intelligence-driven Norton Insight technology targets only those files at risk for faster, fewer, shorter scans.
  • Up-to-the-minute Protection
    • new Delivers up-to-the-minute protection with rapid pulse updates every 5 to 15 minutes.

    • new The Norton Protection System provides multilayered protection technologies that work in concert to stop threats before they impact you.

    • new Real-time SONAR (Symantec Online Network for Advanced Response) helps prevent bots from taking control of your PC.

    • improved Prevents threats from entering through your firewall.

    • Detects and automatically removes online threats.

    • new Delivers our most complete deep-cleaning scan possible.

    • Prevents bots from taking control of your PC.

    • Norton Ongoing Protection provides continuous protection updates and new product features as they become available throughout your product subscription period, helping to keep your computer protected against the latest Internet threats and risks.

    • improved Defends against Web-based attacks with patent-pending technology.

    • new Recovery Tool boots and repairs badly infected PCs.

    • Norton Automatic Renewal Service helps to ensure that you’re protected by automatically renewing your product subscription before it expires. It automatically charges the regular renewal subscription fee (plus applicable taxes) prior to expiration of your product subscription to your credit or debit card—so you don’t have to worry about your protection lapsing. You will receive a notification shortly before your subscription expires and before any payment is billed to alert you that your product subscription will be automatically renewed.
  • Norton Identity Safe
    • improved Keeps your online identity safer than ever when you buy, bank, browse, and game online.

    • Advanced phishing protection keeps your personal identification out of the hands of fraudulent Web sites.

    • Stores and encrypts your passwords and other confidential data.

    • improved Fills in online forms at your request to save time and protect you from keystroke loggers.
  • Norton Identity Safe
    • Puts every element of your security at your fingertips

    • new Schedules resource intensive tasks for when you’re not using your PC.

    • new Review the security status of every process on your PC.

    • new Silent mode suspends alerts and updates to avoid interrupting or slowing games and movies.

    • Smart two-way firewall automatically makes security decisions for you.
  • Secure Networking
    • improved Helps you secure your home network.

    • Conceals and secures your PC on public Wi-Fi networks.
  • Parental Controls
    • Provides password-protected control profiles for adult, teen, and child.

    • new Create individual user profiles with enhanced parental controls.

    • Offers predefined standard profiles that are customizable for the individual user.

    • Blocks inappropriate Web sites based on user control profile settings.

    • Logs attempts to access blocked Web sites.

    • Blocks sensitive information (identified as confidential) from inadvertent transfer out of your computer.
  • Spam Blocking
    • Filters spam better than ever.
  • Free Technical Support
    • new Free tech support delivers the help you need, however you need it (must meet minimum Windows Vista operating system requirement).


Norton Internet Security 2010

Description:

Norton Internet Security 2010 product box Norton Internet Security 2010 will be the fastest and lightest Security Suite Symantec has ever delivered. It guards your PC, network, online activities and your identity with innovative, intelligent detection technologies optimized to Combat today’s aggressive, rapid-fire attacks.

Improved Norton Safe Web technology blocks Internet threats before they can infect your PC. So you can browse, buy and bank online with confidence. It even warns you of unsafe web sites right in your search results. Plus, unlike other Internet security suites, it provides easy-to-understand threat and performance information to help you avoid future threats and keep your PC running fast.

Press Release:

Title: Symantec Launches Norton 2010 Products, Introducing New Detection Technologies in the Fight against Cyber Crime
Date: September 9, 2009
URL: http://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article.jsp?prid=20090909_01

Today’s online thieves will take advantage of any opportunity to steal anything you’ve got: your money, your identity, even your good name. And their methods are getting more devious and sophisticated every day. In fact, Symantec blocked an average of more than 245 million attempted malicious code attacks across the globe each month during 20082. Phony emails, fake web sites and online ads trick innocent victims into divulging personal data like social security and credit card numbers. Cyber criminals then sell the information to the highest bidder on the online black market. Symantec knows that cyber crime is real crime, that’s why today, the maker of Norton security software, is bringing to market a completely unique approach to online security with Norton 2010.

Key features:

  • Intelligent Protection
    • new Norton IdentitySafe On-the-Go lets you access your most up-to-date log-ins and passwords on any Norton Internet Security 2010 protected PC.

    • new Norton Safe Web identifies unsafe and dangerous web sites right in your search results.

    • new Analyzes downloads, files and applications and tells you if they can be trusted before you install and use them.

    • new Parental Controls give you insight into your kids’ online activities so you can teach them good Internet habits and help keep them safe.

    • new Professional-strength antispam protection uses the same technology as many large businesses to effectively block unwanted emails.

    • improved Norton Protection System delivers multiple layers of security that work together to provide comprehensive Internet threat protection.

    • improved Norton IdentitySafe offers one-click log-ins and automatic form filling to prevent key loggers from stealing your information as you type.

    • improved Vulnerability Protection guards security holes in your operating system, applications, browsers and browser plug-ins.

    • improved Detects and gets rid of even the hardest to find Internet Explorer and Firefox cookies.

    • improved Norton Bootable Recovery Tool repairs, restores and boots severely infected, unbootable PCs.

    • Industry-leading anti-phishing technology authenticates safe sites and protects you from visiting unsafe and fraudulent web sites.

    • Smart Firewall stops hackers and makes intelligent security decisions for you.
  • Engineered for Speed
    • improved Proven fastest, lightest security suite for protection that won’t slow you down, get in your way, or swallow up system resources.

    • improved Norton Insight scans only files at risk for fewer, shorter scans and the fastest scanning times in the industry.

    • Uses less memory than any other security suite.

    • Won’t slow you down when you download, copy, or edit files, or install applications.
  • Combats today’s rapid-fire attacks
    • new Norton Insight Network uses Symantec’s global security network to provide real-time protection from the latest-breaking threats.

    • new SONAR 2 (Symantec Online Network for Advanced Response) uses online intelligence and proactive monitoring to detect and stop new threats.

    • Norton Pulse Updates provide rapid mini updates every 5 to 15 minutes for up-to-the-minute local protection against the latest threats.

    • Prevents bots from taking control of your PC.

    • Finds and removes rootkits.

    • Prevents Internet worms from getting on your PC.

    • Tells you which application processes currently running on your PC are safe and which are at risk.

    • Norton Bootable Recovery Tool provides a deep level of cleaning for heavily infected PCs.
  • Provides info on threats, downloads and files
    • new Norton Download Insight warns you of dangerous downloads before you install and use them.

    • new Norton Threat Insight tells you if threats were detected, what actions the threats attempted to perform on your system, and how Norton Internet Security eliminated those threats.

    • new Norton File Insight tells you where files and applications came from, if they’re trusted, and how they may be impacting your PC’s speed.
  • Helps keep your PC running at top speed
    • new Norton System Insight helps you improve and maintain PC and application performance.

    • new Automatic and on-demand application optimization improves application performance.

    • new Norton System Insight gives you an overview of recent events on your PC such as installs, downloads, scans and detected threats, so you can see what events may have impacted your PC’s performance.

    • new Norton System Insight resource usage graphs help you pinpoint what’s causing your PC to slow down.

    • new Tells you how files and applications impact your PC’s performance.
  • Protection without disruption
    • new Automatically delays product updates and other tasks if you’re watching TV or burning CDs/DVDs.

    • new Power Saver Settings help extend portable PC battery life by putting off power-intensive activities until your computer is plugged in.

    • Smart Scheduler conducts scans and other tasks only when your PC is idle.

    • Automatically switches to Silent Mode (no alerts, updates or scans) when watching movies or playing games in full-screen mode.
  • Additional Features
    • new Monthly report tells you what Norton Internet Security has done in the past month to protect you and your PC.

    • Free 24x7 support by phone, email, live chat or online knowledge base. Symantec provides free 24x7 chat, email and phone support for this product during your initial service period. Availability of support channels vary by region, and regular Internet connection fees and call charges may apply in certain countries.

    • Automatically scans emails and IMs for infections.

    • Maps and monitors your home wireless network so you can see everything connected to it — even unauthorized visitors like the PC next door.

    • Automatically downloads protection updates and new product features as they become available during your service period.

    • With the Norton Automated Renewal Service your yearly subscription can be automatically renewed for uninterrupted protection.


Norton Internet Security 2011

Description:

Norton Internet Security 2011 product box Norton Internet Security 2011 is a powerful security suite, which offers fast protection against online identity theft so you can shop, bank and visit social networks with confidence and lets you email, chat and surf the web without worrying about cybercriminals ripping you off. Norton Internet Security 2011 protects against viruses, spyware, phishing, spam, rootkits and other security threats.

Press Release:

Title: Norton Internet Security and Norton AntiVirus 2011 Give Consumers Number One Ranked Powerful Protection Against Cybercrime
Date: September 8, 2010
URL: http://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article.jsp?prid=20100908_02

With 65 percent of consumers worldwide falling victim to cybercrime, the need to choose the strongest, most comprehensive protection available is more important than ever. Today, Norton from Symantec released Norton AntiVirus and Norton Internet Security 2011, the only suite to achieve a 100 percent protection score in a new third-party test from Dennis Labs. Advancing the Norton commitment to releasing only the fastest and lightest security products on the market in the fight against cybercrime, the 2011 products have been carefully engineered to exceed already industry-leading performance and protection benchmarks. Norton goes even further by providing a free tool to consumers, Norton Power Eraser, that is designed to aggressively target and eliminate fake antivirus or „scareware” applications.

Key features:

  • Email, chat and surf the web without worry
    • Norton Reputation Service: instantly checks where files came from and how long they’ve been around to identify and stop new crimeware faster than other, less sophisticated security software.

    • Norton Protection System uses several overlapping layers of protection that work together to stop viruses, spyware and other online attacks.

    • Norton Download Insight warns you if a downloaded file or application is dangerous before you install or run it on your PC.

    • Norton File Insight gives you detailed information about the files found on your PC including where the file came from (the website URL) and if it can be trusted.

    • Norton Pulse Updates run in the background and provide mini updates every 5 to 15 minutes — more frequently than the nearest competitor — for the latest protection against online threats.

    • SONAR 3 Behavioral Protection monitors your PC for suspicious behavior to quickly detect new online threats.

    • Email and instant message monitoring scans emails and IMs for suspicious links and potentially dangerous attachments.

    • Smart two-way firewall prevents hackers from accessing your PC and stealing your personal information.

    • Network mapping and monitoring shows you all the devices connected to your home network so you can easily spot uninvited guests using your wireless Internet connection and/or eavesdropping on you when you go online.

    • Norton Bootable Recovery Tool creates an emergency CD/DVD/USB that gets you back up and running even if your PC has become so infected that it won’t even start up.

    • Vulnerability protection prevents cybercriminals from using security holes in applications to sneak viruses or spyware on to your PC.

    • Professional-strength spam blocking keeps your mailbox free of unwanted, dangerous and fraudulent emails.

    • Bot detection finds and blocks the automated programs cybercriminals use to take control of your PC to access your private information and send out spam to launch attacks on other PCs.

    • Worm protection safeguards your PC against fast-spreading Internet worms and prevents you from accidentally passing them on to others.

    • Rootkit detection finds and removes deeply buried crimeware that can hide other types of threats and allow cybercriminals to take control of your PC.
  • Shop, bank and visit social networks with confidence
    • Norton Safe Web warns you of unsafe and scam websites right in your search results and automatically blocks them.

    • Anti-phishing technology blocks fraudulent websites created by cybercriminals to steal your identity and your money.

    • Norton Identity Safe lets you log in to sites with one click and automatically fills in web forms to prevent cybercriminals from stealing your information as you type.

    • Norton Safe Web (Social Media Scanner) protects you and your Facebook friends from dangerous websites, cybercriminals and other online threats.

    • Norton Identity Safe On-the-Go lets you maintain your most recent log-ins and passwords on a USB device so you can access them on any Norton Internet Security 2010, Norton Internet Security 2011, or Norton 360 Version 4.0 protected PC with a USB drive.
  • Stay protected without sacrificing performance
    • Proactive performance alerts tell you when an application is slowing down your PC, so you can make changes to improve performance.

    • Norton Insight identifies and scans only files at risk for fewer, shorter scans and the fastest scan speeds in the industry.

    • Norton System Insight shows you how files and applications affect system performance to help you keep your PC performing its best.

    • Silent mode puts alerts and non-critical updates on hold when you’re watching movies or playing games in full-screen on your PC.

    • Smart scheduler runs scans and updates only when you’re not using your PC.
  • Get the most out of your protection with easy-to-use features
    • Parental control management lets you keep a watchful eye on your kids’ online activities so you can keep them safe from online dangers.

    • Free 24 x 7 Support lets you get help and answers by phone, email, live chat, or online whenever you need it.

    • Norton Control Center organizes program controls and settings, and gives you one-click access to web-based Norton services on one easy-to-read screen.

    • Norton Ongoing Protection automatically downloads software updates and new features as they become available during your subscription period without interrupting you or slowing down your PC.

    • Monthly report tells you what Norton Internet Security has done in the previous month to keep you safe from threats.

    • Power saver settings maximize your laptop’s battery life by putting off non-critical activities until your computer is plugged in.


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