Symantec Releases Norton 360 Security Service

By Neil J. Rubenking  |  Posted 2007-02-26 Email Print this article Print


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Symantec released its much-anticipated Norton 360 service, packing a full security suite plus utilities into a subscription offering. (

Symantec on Monday released its much-anticipated Norton 360 service, packing a full security suite plus utilities into a subscription offering.

Norton 360 includes all the expected security features—anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, intrusion prevention, and more. But it also incorporates a backup solution, transaction security, and a module to optimize PC performance. The price is large as well, though: $79.99 per year.

According to Symantec, Norton 360 is "designed to work as automatically as possible" and to "offer a user experience that is reassuring, helpful and unobtrusive."

Norton 360 includes the same type of security protection found in the popular Norton Internet Security 2007, but makes even fewer demands on the user. It includes the new SONAR (Symantec Online Network for Advanced Response) technology, which catches zero-day attacks by detecting and preventing malicious behavior. Anti-spam and parental controls are pushed out into a separate add-on pack, just as with NIS 2007.

To secure online transactions, Norton 360 includes automatic detection of phishing sites. It immediately blocks known phishing sites, and automatically allows sites that are authenticated. For other sites it applies heuristic analysis and flags those that appear to be fraudulent. This same anti-phishing technology appears in NIS 2007 and Norton Confidential.

A good backup is the ultimate form of security, so Norton 360 offers a variety of automated backup options. Users get 2GB of offsite Web-based backup with their subscription and can purchase more as needed. Local backups can use virtually any type of media including local and remote hard drives, removable drives, and writeable CD/DVDs. The product automatically detects and backs up new and changed files.

While the backup function in Microsoft's OneCare 1.5 is more flexible than in the original release, it still doesn't include hosted online backup.

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Neil J. Rubenking Neil Rubenking served as vice president and president of the San Francisco PC User Group for three years when the IBM PC was brand new. He was present at the formation of the Association of Shareware Professionals, and served on its board of directors. In 1986, PC Magazine brought Neil on board to handle the torrent of Turbo Pascal tips submitted by readers. By 1990 he had become PC Magazine's technical editor, and a coast-to-coast telecommuter. His 'User to User' column supplied readers with tips and solutions on using DOS and Windows, his technical columns clarified fine points in programming and operating systems, and his utility articles (over forty of them) provided both useful programs and examples of programming in Pascal, Visual Basic, and Delphi. Mr. Rubenking has also written seven books on DOS, Windows, and Pascal/Delphi programming, including PC Magazine DOS Batch File Lab Notes and the popular Delphi Programming for Dummies. In his current position as a PC Magazine Lead Analyst he evaluates and reports on client-side operating systems and security solutions such as firewalls, anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam and full security suites. He continues to answer questions for readers in the ongoing 'Solutions' column and in PC Magazine's discussion forums.


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