Norton Internet Security for Mac's

By SmallBusinessComputing.com Staff | Posted May 14, 2003
Symantec started taking orders for Norton Internet Security 3.0 for Macintosh this week. The updated program is designed to safeguard Mac users from the viral ills of the Internet. The latest version of the software suite includes new parental control features and a personal firewall in addition to all the latest virus-killing tactics.

Norton Internet Security 3.0 for Macintosh features the newest version of Norton AntiVirus 9.0 for Macintosh. The program now has the ability to find and repair Windows/PC-compatible viruses, offering users protection from the most common type of viruses and helping them to avoid infecting friends and colleagues.

Adding the ability to scan and disinfect PC viruses, Norton AntiVirus 9.0 for Macintosh now protects users from passing along the most common types of computer viruses, as well as worms and Trojans. In addition to protecting users from Mac-specific threats, the latest version of Norton AntiVirus for Mac will also prevent Mac users from inadvertently being carriers of Windows-based threats and proliferating malicious attacks. PC virus, worm and Trojan protection also enables multi-platform users to utilize one solution to protect all their operating systems from the threat of attack.

New functionality in Norton AntiVirus 9.0 for Macintosh also includes the ability to quarantine "unrepairable" virus-infected files, and allow users to scan and repair compressed Mac files. Symantec has also enhanced LiveUpdate, helping users to dramatically reduce the time it takes to download new virus definitions.

Norton Internet Security 3.0 for Macintosh now incorporates Norton Privacy Control, providing Internet users with important tools to protect their personal information and to improve their Web surfing experiences. Symantec partnered with Aladdin Systems to incorporate iClean into Norton Internet Security 3.0 for Macintosh. iClean helps facilitate the quick removal of cookies, cache and history files to further protect users' privacy.

With the addition of new Parental Controls, Mac users are able to limit access to illicit Web sites when their kids go online. Parents can either create their own list of inappropriate sites to block, or they can download a list of URLs produced and maintained by Symantec. This URL list is updated regularly to keep up with the latest questionable Web content and is automatically provided to Norton Internet Security users via Symantec's LiveUpdate technology.

Norton Privacy Control also offers users new advanced ad blocking capabilities, which now will prevent more types of Web-based advertising delivery, including JavaScript, allowing Mac users to access the Internet with less hassle from the constant intrusion of unwanted banner ads and pop-up windows. Additionally Norton Privacy Control has enhanced confidential data blocking to help users avoid unknowingly or accidentally sending out sensitive information online, including via Instant Messenger programs.

Norton Internet Security 3.0 for Macintosh also includes a personal firewall, which further strengthens Mac users personal security by blocking both inbound and outbound Web traffic. Norton Personal Firewall 3.0 for Macintosh help keeps Mac users' data safe and secure by providing a protective layer between their computers and the growing number of hackers and intruders that lurk online. With the latest version, Symantec adds a new setup assistant to ensure easy installation and configuration. Additionally, the application also allows users to identify and trace potential hacking attempts in real time with the new Visual Tracking feature.

With so many Mac users capitalizing on the recent explosion of Internet technology, Steve Cullen, senior vice president of Symantec Consumer and Client Product Delivery, said the company's goal is to help those users minimize the risk factors that could compromise personal safety and security online.

"With Norton Internet Security 3.0 for Macintosh, Mac users will be able to do everything — from downloading music files to sharing digital photographs and shopping online — all with the peace of mind that comes with the kind of reliable protection that only Symantec can deliver," Cullen said.

Pricing and Availability
Norton Internet Security 3.0 for Macintosh runs on Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 and is available now for pre-order at www.SymantecStore.com for an estimated retail price of $99.95. Current users of Symantec's Macintosh products, as well as users of select competitive products can take advantage of an upgrade mail-in-rebate of $30. Norton AntiVirus 9.0 for Macintosh and Norton Personal Firewall 3.0 for Macintosh run on Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 and can also be pre-ordered separately as stand alone products, both for an estimated retail price of $69.95. Norton Internet Security 3.0 for Macintosh is expected to ship early in June.

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