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.
Is your business a social business? For helpful info and tips visit our hub.
- 20 years of PC Pro: our best covers
- Why we've closed the PC Pro forums
- How to turn off Google Location Tracking
- 20 years of PC Pro: our greatest review mistakes
- 20 years of PC Pro: our first A-List
- Wikipedia's "right to be forgotten" protest hits the wrong note
- 3D printing hits the high street for plastic selfies
- 20 years of PC Pro: What amazed us in our first issue
- How Google Glass ruined my lunch hour
- Smartphone battery packs: can a USB power pack beat the festival battery blues?
- How to sell more ebooks on Amazon
- 10 ways to make your business more secure
- Top five VoIP mistakes
- How to add in-app purchasing to an iPhone, Android or Windows app
- Remote-control ransomware: TeamViewer and software hardball
- Why laptops with serial ports matter to the Internet of Things
- Make your mobile battery last longer
- Small steps into handling Big Data
- Nexus 5: does it really run stock Android?
- How to get broadband to a garden office