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Symantec promises a new world, a new Norton

Nine becomes one
Tue Aug 19 2014, 11:37

norton2013-boxWINDOWS SECURITY VENDOR Symantec is taking a brush to its Norton cupboard and will clear it out and tighten things up.

The firm said that it plans to wipe the face of its long-running security software products roster in a blog post in which it suggested that clearer software products on its end will help to put a lid on cyber threats and security scandals.

"Too many of us remain vulnerable to advanced threats. If we want to free ourselves to take full advantage of our amazing digital, interconnected world, we need to secure ourselves," it said.

"With that in mind, we at Norton are making significant changes to simplify and strengthen our portfolio of security products. We are making it easier to select and buy the security products you need, and download and maintain them.

"As cybercriminals and the attacks they launch become more sophisticated, we're strengthening our advanced threat protection technologies and improving performance across your Android, Windows, Mac and iOS devices."

First on Symantec's Norton action list is "streamlining" the Norton landscape. Symantec said that it will turn nine products into one "flagship solution". This will be called Norton Security, and while it is presently in beta the firm said that it expects to release it this autumn.

Some heads will roll, and Symantec said that Norton Internet Security, Norton Antivirus and Norton360 will be retired to make way for its new security software product Norton Security.

The cloud-based Norton Security will let users pick and choose secutity features and add and manage new devices when they desire, and Symantec claimed that this will be simple to do. It added that the repackaged software will feel more like a service and less like the software product you're familiar with.

The firm is so flushed with confidence that it said that any customer who succumbs to a virus will be able to get their money back. Complementing the firm's cloud security service will be cloud backup, which will be an optional feature. µ


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