Symantec to Overhaul Its Norton Security Line

Symantec聽is overhauling its Norton security software, going from nine products to just one as the company turns its attention to smartphones and connected devices. The new product, called Norton Security, doubles down on the company鈥檚 renewed focus on subscription models. In its most recent quarter, when Symantec reported a $236 million profit on a 2% gain in revenue to $1.74 billion,聽the company said it planned聽to optimize the Norton business while streamlining product support....

August 22, 2014 路 3 min 路 633 words 路 Omid Farhang

Symantec updates Norton 2013 range to v20.4

Symantec has updated its suite of Windows security products with the release of Norton Antivirus 2013 v20.4, Norton Internet Security 2013 v20.4 and Norton 360 2013 v20.4. Version 20.4 is primarily a bug-fix release, with some notable fixes, but also tweaks the user interface. One visible change for users who also have Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free installed as additional protection is a fix that prevents Norton from blocking or flagging up MBAM as incompatible....

June 19, 2013 路 2 min 路 223 words 路 Omid Farhang

Symantec planning to discontinue PC Tools security products

Symantec聽has stopped selling the security-related products in its聽PC Tools portfolio, according to an聽announcement聽on the company鈥檚 web site. Customers using the affected programs 鈥 Spyware Doctor, Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus, and Internet Security 鈥 can continue to use them until their subscription runs out. Symantec聽says聽that the decision is related to consolidating its product range in order to offer customers fewer but higher quality products. To that end, the company suggests that customers looking to replace the discontinued products consider Norton Internet Security....

May 23, 2013 路 1 min 路 135 words 路 Omid Farhang

Symantec vs AV-Comparatives, Which one do you trust?

Cross-posted from PCMag SecurityWatch: Last week independent antivirus lab AV-Comparatives released the results of an on-demand antivirus detection test. The fact that Microsoft came in near the bottom wasn鈥檛 big news; the fact that Symantec scored even lower was surprising indeed. In a blog post released today, Symantec decried the entire practice of performing on-demand malware scanning tests, calling it 鈥渕isleading.鈥 In the early years of antivirus testing, every test was an on-demand scanning test....

April 25, 2013 路 5 min 路 1044 words 路 Omid Farhang

Symantec releases Norton 2013 security suites

BetaNews: Symantec has released brand new versions of its Norton security packages for Windows, Norton Anti-Virus 2013, Norton Internet Security 2013 and Norton 360 2013. It鈥檚 the first time all three packages have been updated simultaneously, while the branding has also been amended to remove all references to a date, simply naming each Norton Anti-Virus, Norton Internet Security and Norton 360, respectively. The 2013 versions come with what Symantec describes as 鈥渇ive layers of patented protection鈥, which include stronger social networking and anti-scam protection....

September 7, 2012 路 3 min 路 508 words 路 Omid Farhang

Symantec claims losses from cybercrime exceed $100 billion

h-Online: According to Symantec鈥檚 2012 Norton Cybercrime Report, worldwide, private individuals have suffered approximately $100 billion (more than 拢69 billion at the current exchange rate) in financial losses as a result of cybercrime. In the period from July 2011 to July 2012, losses averaged $197 (拢124) per victim. A total of 556 million adults are reported to have fallen victim to malware, phishing or similar virtual crimes. The report claims that there are 1....

September 7, 2012 路 2 min 路 292 words 路 Omid Farhang

Symantec CEO steps down, replaced by chairman

Computer World: Security software vendor Symantec said Wednesday that Enrique Salem, its president and chief executive officer, had stepped down with immediate affect, after the company reported that its revenue for the quarter ended June 29 grew 1% year-over-year to $1.7 billion. Symantec said its board of directors has appointed Steve Bennett, the current chairman of the board, to also hold the posts of president and chief executive officer. The board鈥檚 decision to make a leadership change was not based on any particular event or impropriety but was instead made after ongoing consideration and a deliberative process, said Dan Schulman, Symantec鈥檚 newly-appointed lead director, in a statement....

July 25, 2012 路 1 min 路 127 words 路 Omid Farhang

Hackers fail to extort $50,000 from Symantec, as pcAnywhere source code is published

SophosLabs: Symantec has confirmed that a file made available on the internet for anyone to download, does contain the source code for an old version of its pcAnywhere product. For a short while last month, before releasing a patch, Symantec advised customers to disable their pcAnywhere installations because of concern that hackers could exploit vulnerabilities. In addition, the firm says that in January someone claiming to be the hacker responsible for the data theft tried to extort $50,000 from the firm in exchange for not releasing Symantec鈥檚 stolen source code....

February 8, 2012 路 2 min 路 378 words 路 Omid Farhang

Microsoft tempts antitrust lawyers with expanded antivirus offering

Ed Bott鈥檚 Microsoft Report posted something interesting in ZDNet: You want a good, solid, free antivirus program? Microsoft Security Essentials fills the bill nicely. Unfortunately, even though it was officially released more than a year ago, it鈥檚 still one of the best-kept secrets in personal computing. Its installed base of 30 million users worldwide might sound big in raw numbers, but it鈥檚 a drop in the bucket compared to the billion-plus Windows PCs in use....

November 5, 2010 路 5 min 路 1043 words 路 Omid Farhang