Symantec Announces Plans to Go Beyond the PC with Norton Everywhere
Article by George Norman
On 28 May 2010
By 2013 the most popular means to access the web will be via a mobile device says Symantec, company that specializes in providing antivirus, antispyware, and internet security software solutions. With access to the web comes need for protection against all the regular nasties that can be found online – viruses, malware, and so on.

Symantec wants to provide protection against these threats via Norton Everywhere, a three-part initiative to take Norton beyond the PC that was announced by Symantec yesterday. Symantec wants to offer consumers protection across many locations, devices and digital experiences. So it is combining its own consumer security, backup, and infrastructure technologies with partners so it can cover the areas of mobile safety, web safety across any device and embedded services on smart devices.

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“We are entering a new era where non-PC devices are exploding in numbers, which means more opportunity for cybercriminals. It’s becoming more and more critical for consumers to be protected beyond their PCs,” said Janice Chaffin, President Consumer Business Unit, Symantec. “The Norton Everywhere initiative takes a broad view of how Norton can deliver trust and high value to consumers and address evolving market needs. Symantec’s breadth of resources, partnerships, global reach and brand recognition make it uniquely able to deliver security and more to any Internet-connected device in the world.”

As part of the Norton Everywhere initiative, Symantec announced the following products:
  • Norton DNS – which will offer antiphishing, antimalware and anti-spyware via Norton verified web filtering. Norton DNS will check the URL the user navigates to, just like Norton scans file that come onto the user’s desktop system. The first Beta version of Norton DNS is scheduled to be released in June.
  • Norton Smartphone Security for Android– will protect data stored on mobile devices, will provide device loss protection (remotely lock or wipe the device). The first Beta version is scheduled to be released this June.
  • Norton Connect – a free mobile application for the iPhone, iPad and Android that provides access to any file archived via Norton Online Backup or Norton 360. The first Beta version of Norton Connect will become available for download in the Android Market and App Store this June.

If you want to access the latest downloads from Norton, Symantec has launched a new mobile-specific site that you can access at m.norton.com. For now the site is available on English only. This June it will also be available in German and Japanese.



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