Norton 360 arrives with the usual hype... and dangers..
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 26 February 2007 09:16

Norton Goes Online
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FEBRUARY 26, 2007 | Symantec today rolled out a combination security and online backup service aimed at preventing identity theft and the compromise of other personal data for consumers.
The service includes antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-phishing, two-way firewall, and behavior-based malware detection.

"Most importantly, this [rollout] has all of the transaction security technology," says Roland Trolup, Symantec's vice president of consumer products. "The behavior-based protection system defends against crimeware to detect anything that will steal your identity, credit cards, and passwords," such as keyloggers.

The service is aimed at users who want an all-in-one security solution that does most of the work in the background, and with minimal user interaction. Norton 360 also tunes PC performance by diagnosing and fixing any related problems.

Putting all your eggs in one security basket may be convenient, but it can also be risky, some experts say. "Norton 360's all-encompassing approach to end-user security appears to be a good thing at first, but further inspection will reveal this to be a bad idea. Diversity is a great form of security, and relying on all of your security from one vendor opens you up to problems," says David Maynor, CTO of Errata Security.

"Symantec, just like every other AV vendor, has had problems in their software in the past. When you are 100 percent reliant on them for security, how can you be certain they won't have more problems in the future?".... MORE

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