Norton optimizes its interface for Windows 8
Symantec launched an upgraded version of its Norton security suite for Windows 8. The 2013 version of the software features Windows 8-friendly interface and provides protection to users against social engineering threats such as scams and phishing attacks. The software included in the suite includes Norton AntiVirus 2013, Norton Internet Security 2013, and Norton 360 2013.
Let’s look at some of the unique features in the Norton 2013 suite:
- All Norton subscribers will not get a warning when a website is potentially risky, thanks to the new Scam Insight. Also, sites that are new or are not trustworthy will be flagged.
- The Insight network has now been made capable to track IP addresses. This will help in determining the source of a new threat.
- You can now keep an eye on threats such as likejacking and posts with links to malicious sites, with the changes made in the Norton Intrusion Prevention System and the Norton Safe Web for Facebook app.
- The security software also boots earlier as compared to Windows 7. This will not only increase the booting speed of your computer but also prevent rootkits from infecting your system.
- The new memory heap manager minimizes the vulnerability of Windows 8 system against memory exploits.
According to Gerry Egan, Norton's senior product manager, "Each time Microsoft updates Windows, it has raised the bar on security features… We don't see anything obvious in Windows 8 that decreases the attack surface. Out of the starting gate, we're not seeing a lot in terms of the impact of the changes made to make it more secure."
You can get Norton AntiVirus 2013 at $39.99 for one computer and 12 months of protection. Norton Internet Security 2013 covers three computers for a year for $79.99. Norton 360 also covers three computers for a year but provides some extra features for $89.99.
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