Symantec Inks Deal with EarthLink to Distribute Norton 360
All-in-one security solution helps computer users stay protected against online threats
CUPERTINO, Calif. – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that EarthLink (Nasdaq: ELNK) will become the first major Internet service provider in North America to provide Norton 360 to its subscribers. The service will be available for a $6.95 monthly subscription rate.
Norton 360 is Symantec’s all-in-one security solution, which helps consumers feel safe and secure when conducting their daily computing activities. Norton 360 combines Symantec’s proven, industry-leading PC Security and PC Tuneup technologies with Identity Protection and automated Backup technologies to help guard against online fraud and protect valuable data. From securing against online threats, such as viruses, worms, spyware and hackers to protecting irreplaceable files, photos and music, Norton 360 provides consumers with an easy-to-use, comprehensive solution that requires minimal user intervention.
The addition of Norton 360 represents the latest stage of the strategic partnership between Symantec and EarthLink. In addition to Norton 360, EarthLink will also continue to offer other award-winning Norton products to help safeguard against online security threats.
“Symantec is proud to extend our partnership with EarthLink to Norton 360,” said Erin Hintz, vice president of marketing, Symantec. “Norton 360 helps restore computer users’ trust in the online world. It combines Symantec’s proven, industry-leading technologies for antivirus, antispyware, firewall, intrusion protection, antiphishing, backup and tuneup, eliminating the need to purchase and manage multiple products.”
“EarthLink’s mission is to ensure our customers get the most out of their Internet experiences, and delivering on this promise includes providing the most powerful security products available,” said Craig Forman, president of access and audience at EarthLink. “With the addition of Norton 360, our customers are protected against a wide range of security categories with a single product; enabling them to enjoy their time spent online with the peace of mind that their computers and identities are safe and sound.”
Norton 360 is designed for computer users who want a comprehensive security solution that’s easy-to-use and requires minimal user interaction. The product delivers all-in-one protection across four categories of functionality:
* PC Security – Norton 360 features Symantec’s industry-leading protection against a wide range of threats and risks, including viruses, spyware, hackers and more. The Symantec Online Network for Advanced Response (SONAR) is also included in Norton 360, providing behavior-based malware detection that identifies new threats in real-time based on application behavior.
* Identity Protection – Antiphishing technology gives consumers the confidence they need to shop, bank and conduct other transactions on the Internet by protecting their online identity.
* Backup and Restore – Norton 360 includes local and online backup and restore capabilities. Users can choose where to back up their content from a range of storage destinations including internal drives, CD/DVD drives, USB drives, mapped network drives or external hard drives. Online backup capabilities will not be offered through the EarthLink monthly subscription.
* PC Tuneup – Norton 360 identifies and removes unnecessary clutter such as Windows Temp files, Internet Temp files and Internet History files. The PC Tuneup feature also analyzes and defragments hard disks for faster and more efficient operation.
Customers can order Norton 360 by calling 1-866-610-0862 in North America, or going to the Web at http://www.earthlink.net/software/extras/norton/360/. In addition, Symantec and EarthLink are hosting a promotion where each Norton 360 subscriber will automatically be entered into a sweepstakes to win $3,600. Purchasing a Norton 360 subscription is not necessary to enter the sweepstakes, and more information and the official rules can be found on the Web at http://promotions.symantec.com/earthlink
Symantec is a global leader in infrastructure software, enabling businesses and consumers to have confidence in a connected world. The company helps customers protect their infrastructure, information and interactions by delivering software and services that address risks to security, availability, compliance and performance. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
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