Norton 360 gains new web ratings
By Darien Graham-Smith
Posted on 5 Mar 2009 at 11:44
A new version of Norton 360 aims to protect users from dodgy websites, which the company claims are responsible for thousands of malware infections every day.
Norton 360 v3.0, due for release later this month, includes the new "Norton Safe Web" feature, which adds safety ratings to search results from Google and other search engines.
The ratings are based on Symantec's own scans, plus reports from Norton users who have agreed to participate in the company's Community Watch network.
Safe Web is similar to competing services offered by the likes of AVG and McAfee, but one feature that distinguishes it is a database of e-commerce sites licensed from independent auditors Buysafe. This enables the software to identify retailers certified as following responsible security and privacy policies.
"For the everyday user, Norton Safe Web provides another layer of reassurance," explained Con Mallon, Symantec's UK marketing manager.
"You now have two lines of defence: the Norton software will protect you should you visit an infected site, but with Safe Web you can make an informed decision about which sites you want to go to in the first place."
Norton 360 v3.0 also sees the antimalware module updated to use the Norton Internet Security 2009 engine, offering better detection rates and lower system overheads than previous versions.
The engine's ability to kick in when the computer is idle has been extended to the backup module, enabling incremental backups to be carried out whenever the computer is not in use.
- How to remove SkyDrive from the Windows 8.1 Explorer
- Switching from iPhone to Android? Switch off iMessage
- Why is Google pumping more money into Firefox?
- Sky Broadband Shield review
- Samsung Galaxy S4: how to double your battery life
- Motorola Moto G review: first look
- IBM Watson meets Willy Wonka
- Google’s support policies shove users towards Chrome
- Lenovo Yoga Tablet review: first look
- Michael Dell's reasons to be cheerful
- Windows Phone App Studio: an easy way to create your first Windows Phone 8 app
- The end of Windows XP support: what it really means for businesses
- Don't rely on Chrome's password vault
- Using Buffer to manage your social media
- Microsoft needs its own Steve Jobs
- Forget credit cards: hackers want your Facebook account
- Can't get fast enough broadband? Here's what to do
- Leap Motion and the battle against UI stagnation
- How to build a really bad network
- Facebook Graph Search: don't panic