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Symantec announces Norton Internet Security and Norton AntiVirus 2012

September 8, 2011 Comments off

It’s no longer a PC-centric world. It’s a world centered on people and information. There is cloud apps explosion, device explosion and information explosion. However, this world is also infested with threats.

Last year, information grew by 62 percent to nearly 800,000 petabytes. Symantec identified more than 286 million new threats last year. Eighty (80) percent of online adults have been a victim of cybercrime in their lifetime. Seventeen (17) percent of adults online have experienced cybercrime on their mobile phone.

Source: Norton from Symantec.

Source: Norton from Symantec.

Norton has now expanded beyond the PC. Norton Everywhere protects people across locations, devices and digital experiences. Symantec announced Norton Internet Security and Norton AntiVirus 2012 products. A new feature is Norton Management, that brings the power of the cloud to you. Yet another feature is Identity Safe, which has improved login and form fill, major usability enhancements, and the vault can be synced to the cloud for anywhere access.

Some other features include Download Insight, Bandwidth Awareness. It also has an improved Simplified User Interface, as well as a Settings Interface Makeover. “Norton Secured” security badge is a new feature. The badge appears right in search results, indicating when a website owner’s identity has been verified and the site is malware free.

Powered by the largest community of users, 210 million users have contributed to Insight. Symantec is tracking over 3.1 billion executable files. Users perform 2 billion file lookups a day. Symantec also blocks 6.3 million malicious files each month. In fact, 3.1 billion attack attempts were blocked in 2010.

Norton’s Exclusive four layer protection stops threats while people are browsing and before it can write to your computer. It even scans links in Facebook feeds and search results. Norton 2012 Protection highlights include network intrusion prevention, SONAR behavioral protection (4th generation), Insight reputation and anti-virus engine.

Norton from Symantec has listed the following reasons:
* The cloud expands beyond protection to enable the richest Norton user experience to date.
* Performance exceeds 2011’s all time highs.
* Norton has added significant new protection capabilities.
*  It has also improved usability by addressing the issues that are important to customers.

Norton cybercrime report 2011: Exposing the true scale!

September 8, 2011 Comments off

According to the Norton Cybercrime report 2011, there are 1 million+ victims a day, including 50,000 victims every hour, 820 per minute and 14 per second. The total bill for cybercrime footed by online adults in 24 countries topped $388 billion over the past year. Gaurav Kanwal, country sales manager, India & SAARC, Consumer Products and Solutions, Symantec presented the report that covers 24 countries and 20,000 people. The most at risk are said to be the millennial males.

Cybercrime hotspots: Source: Norton Cybercrime report 2011.

Cybercrime hotspots: Source: Norton Cybercrime report 2011.

The total cost of global cybercrime was worth $114 billion annually. Based on the value victims surveyed placed on time lost due to their cybercrime experiences, an additional $274 billion was lost. Some of the prominent countries bearing the cash cost of cybercrime include USA — $32 billion, Brazil — $15 billion, China — $25 billion, India — $4 billion, and Australia, Japan and Mexico — $2 billion each.

In India, the most common and most preventable type of cybercrime remains computer viruses or malware. It was 60 percent overall and 75 percent had occured in the last 12 months. The three most preventable crimes are said to be viruses/malware at 60 percent, scams at 20 percent and mobile threats at 17 percent. In India, over 29.9 million people fell victim to cybercrime last year, suffering $4 billion in direct financial losses and an additional $3.6 billion in time spent resolving the crime.

The Norton Cybercrime report also reveals that 10 percent of adults online globally (17 percent in India) have experienced cybercrime on their mobile phone. Besides the threats on mobile devices, increased social networking and lack of protection are said to be some of the main culprits behind the growing number of cybercrime victims.

The top six countries found to be in emerging danger due to cybercrimes include China at 85 percent, South Africa at 84 percent, Mexico at 83 percent, and Brazil, India and Singapore at 80 percent each, respectively.

It was also reported that 43 percent of Indian adults do not have an uptodate security software suite to protect their personal information online. Despite the huge costs of cybercrime, many people are not investing in adequate security software that protects against computer viruses and other preventable cybercrimes. Read more…

Norton cybercrime report: Time to take back your Internet from cybercriminals!

September 14, 2010 Comments off

Do you possess sound Internet etiquette? Are you careful while using social networking sites? Do you trust others and share your online details? How many of you think cybercrimes are ‘usual’ going to ‘critical’? Are you even aware of any cybercrime? Who would you turn to for help, if you were attacked online?

Norton from Symantec today released the Norton Cybercrime Report: The Human Impact in India. It covers 14 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, USA, covering 7,066 adults. This report tries to answer some (or most) of the questions above!

Norton collaborated with Anne Collier, independent expert advisor on Internet safety.

Effendy Ibrahim, Internet safety advocate and consumer business lead, Asia, highlighted the key points of yhe Norton Cybercrime Report. These include:

* A silent digital epidemic — of victims who feel powerless.
* People feel ripped off and pissed off — and lacking confidence that criminals will be brought to justice.
* Moral compasses not pointing true north — a grey area when it comes to online morals and ethics.
* People trying to protect themselves, but coming up short —  Common sense is not the best defence.

The silent epidemic

Cybercrime -- the silent epidemic!

Cybercrime -- the silent epidemic!

Globally, 65 percent of the people have fallen victim to cybercrime! However, nobody seems to be talking about it! In India, 76 percent have fallen victim to cybercrimals. Only 3 percent of the global poplulation do not expect to fall victim. In India, this number is only 8 percent!

Also, 79 percent globally do not expect cybercriminals to be brought to justice. And, 57 percent Indians do not expect cybercriminals to be brought to justice either! Not very encouraging figures!

Falling victim to cybercrime can leave people feeling angry, annoyed, frustrated, violated, cheated, upset, helpless, and so on and so forth. I’ve experienced this feeling, and it was definitely similar!

Some other interesting findings from Norton’s report. Indian adults feel highly responsible for phishing — 85 percent, online scams — 81 percent, and computer viruses/malware attacks — 88 percent. It seems that Indians practice bad Internet etiquette!

And, when in trouble, who do the victims contact in India? The survey says, 46 percent call their bank, 40 percent contact the website, and 37 percent call the police!

Around a quarter of victims take a DIY approach to sorting cybercrime. Unfortunately for them, the Norton experts say that the actions they are taking won’t necessarily help them, and may not even be safe.

For instance in India, 53 percent restrict the websites they visit. This only limits people’s enjoyment of the Internet. Security software, with a search advisor tool, will let you know if a site is safe.

Next, 38 percent get a family member or a friend to sort things out. Well, many threats go undetected by out-of-date or incomplete security solutions. So unless your friends are security experts, chances are that you will still be vulnerable. Finally, 32 percent try to identify the criminal and seek justice. This is not easy. Therefore, it is always advisable to work with law enforcement agencies, rather than go it alone. Read more…

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