Symantec has announced that its Norton 360 protection suite is ready to go after an extensive beta program. The new security suite promises total protection form viruses, hackers, and also a total backup system all wrapped in a single package. Symantec states on its Web site:
- Removes viruses from email and instant messages
- Blocks Internet worms at point of entry
- Stops spyware from tracking you online
- Authenticates popular shopping and banking Web sites
- Protects you from phishing sites designed to steal your confidential information
- Discovers new files and backs up that data automatically
- Automatically back up important files to a secure online service
- Local backup to CD, DVD, or external drive
- Automatically removes unwanted Internet clutter and temporary files that can slow down your PC’s performance.
Sounds very impressive. And it is offering an introductory price of $69.99, which, according to the advertisement, is for a one-year subscription for up to three household PCs.
On the pre-order page, it lists the specifications and operating systems supported as:
Operating Systems Supported
Windows XP Home/XP Pro/XP Media 2005+, Windows Vista Home Basic/ Home Premium/Business/Ultimate***
***Additional Windows Vista Requirements
Must meet minimum Windows Vista operating system requirements
Phishing protection feature available only on 32 bit Explorer
Which is going to be interesting when it comes to Vista. Though Microsoft says Vista will work with 512MB of RAM, even the OEMs are shipping Vista systems with 1G of RAM. And if past performance of Norton suites is any indication of resource use, and taking into account all that Symantec says the software will do, 1G of RAM may not be enough. I know some people are suggesting, for the best Vista experience, a system should have 2G of RAM.
What is also of interest is that this special offer at $69.99 alleges protection for three household PCs. What is not known is how much the renewal subscriptions are going to cost in the future. Currently Symantec charges $29.95 for its renewal on single licensed products. Some smart shoppers never renew. They just upgrade when a new version is released and wait to buy it when it is on sale and a rebate is offered.
Note: This is pre-order. The boxed software will not be available for about a month or so.
[tags]symantec, norton 360, protections, backup[/tags]