Symantec Launches Norton 2011 Range of Security Solutions
Article by George Norman
On 10 Sep 2010
UPDATE Sept 14: Check out the Norton Security 2011 ads starring Dolph Lundgren and Dadvid Hasselhoff. They are incredibly funny.

Norton AntiVirus 2011 and Norton Internet Security 2011 have been released by Symantec, company that specializes in providing antivirus, antispyware, and internet security software solutions. According to Symantec, its 2011 range of security software solutions offers the strongest, most comprehensive protection ever. With Norton AntiVirus 2011 and Norton Internet Security 2011 the user can surf the web safe in the knowledge that all security threats and all the people with malicious intent will be kept at bay.

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“Today’s cybercriminals are not standing down – consumers need the very best protection to stay safe online,” said President of the Consumer Business Unit with Symantec, Janice Chaffin. “The Norton 2011 products are the highest quality we have ever built and the most comprehensive protection on the market with additional, value-added tools for protecting customers from today’s ever-evolving threats.

Here is what you can expect from Symantec’s top of the line product, Norton Internet Security 2011:

A new interface
For the 2011 range of products Symantec has changed the user interface (UI) to make it more user-friendly. From the UI the user can easily access security controls and settings and can easily view information about the computer’s protection and performance status. The UI also provides one-click access to web services such as Norton Online Backup, Norton Online Family and Norton Safe Web (only Norton Online Backup and Norton Activity Map for Norton Antivirus).

The interface comes with a new feature called Norton Protection Map. This feature provides the user with up-to-the minute information about the newest threats Norton has identified

Here’s how the new interface of Norton Internet Security looks like.


Enhanced protection
To offer excellent protection against all sorts of threats, Norton Internet Security 2011 (as well as Norton AntiVirus 2011) comes with several advanced features. The following ones:
  • Reputation based technology – rapidly stops new malicious programs by instantly checking when and where the programs originate from. Informs the user if his download behavior is risky or not by comparing it to that of the 58 million Norton Community Watch members.
  • System Insight 2.0 – all running applications are monitored to identify if any is overusing system resources and thus causing the computer to act sluggish. Automatically takes actions to improve computer performance.
  • Download Insight 2.0 – checks every file the user downloads for threats. It is a very aggressive reputation-based protection technology.
  • SONAR 3 – protects against new and emerging threats; detects suspicious software based on its behavior. Can automatically respond to any threat it detects, without bothering the user.
  • Norton Bootable Recovery Tool – when the system is deeply infected, this tool allows the user to boot a PC into a safe state.

Top performance
According to Symantec Norton Internet Security installs in 41 seconds, scans 61% faster than the competitive average, and performs 65% better than the competitive average of PassMark scores. Compared to the 2010 version, Norton Internet Security 2011 reduced the impact on copying files by more than 60% and had 25%less impact on surfing the web.

Free Tools
For 2011 Symantec has several free tools to offer. “Because any infected machine poses a risk to the broader online community, Norton is offering powerful free tools for consumers, regardless of the security solution they use to provide all computer users with a deeper level of protection. While these tools are available to everyone, Norton customers benefit from the fact that they are already integrated into the 2011 product experience,” explained Symantec in a press release.

Symantec offers the following free tools:
  • Norton Power Eraser – available for download free of charge from the web, or as a link within Norton Internet Security 2011 and Norton Antivirus 2011, Norton Power Eraser is a tool specifically designed to eliminated security threats, fake antivirus and scareware programs in particular.
  • Norton Safe Web Lite – a browser toolbar that checks if the website you want to visit is dangerous or not.
  • Norton Safe Web for Facebook – searches for unsafe links within Facebook news feeds.
  • Norton Online Family – a tool meant for the parent who wants his kids to stay safe online.




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