Symantec Sets Next Release of Norton 360

Symantec's security software is gearing up for the New Year with a few enhancements. The Cupertino-based security vendor slated the release of Norton 360 Version 2.0 Beta for early January. While the basic Norton 360 engine is the same, version 2.0 is designed with a stronger focus on usabiilty. The new beta version 2.0 offers expanded PC security, identity protection, and more backup and PC tuneup options. It's also accessible and easy-to-use, offering a direct link to streamline user feedback. Symantec will introduce the premier version of Norton 360, which will include improved antispam accuracy and enhanced control features, near the end of the first quarter.

Although the product was initially designed for the security novice, a Symantec survey found that at least one third of its users were tech savvy. "It resonates with anyone who wants security but doesn't want to deal with it," said Jeff Kyle, group product manager for Norton 360. "We weren't sure if the advanced users were really ready for that. But the buying behavior has shown Norton 360 resonates well across all segments."

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