Symantec to reinforce data protection

Symantec plans on Tuesday to announce several security upgrades, with a particular focus on protecting personal information from online thieves. The 2005 upgrades apply to versions of the company's products for consumers and small businesses: Norton AntiVirus, Norton Personal Firewall, Norton AntiSpam and Norton Internet Security.

Norton AntiVirus will bolster worm protection to block home PCs from worm attacks that come through a network, like the MSBlast worm, as well as blended threats, like the Sasser worm. A blended threat is one that relies on multiple methods to propagate.Norton Personal Firewall, meanwhile, will now feature intrusion protection technology, while Norton AntiSpam will include an improved e-mail filtering system. The filtering system is designed to detect e-mail scams, or fraudulent URLs in the body of an e-mail.

Additionally, the company's Norton Internet Security will bundle all consumer security and antivirus offerings into one product. The upgrade will include automatic, real-time notices of high-level security threats, as well as a one-click feature to update the system to ward off the attack.

News source: C|Net News

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