Symantec is expected to start shipping its new Norton Confidential anti-phishing and identity protection software next week.
Norton Confidential is designed to prevent malware being loaded onto users’ systems when they click on certain web links and surf websites.
Such malware can include key-logging software which can relay the information typed in by a user to remote servers controlled by criminals. They can use this information to conduct identity theft and fraud.
The Symantec software can detect key-logging programs and can prevent inputted usernames and passwords from being sent to remote servers.
A one-year subscription for Norton Confidential has a list price of £27.
Many of the features in Norton Confidential are being promised by Microsoft in its forthcoming Windows Vista operating system, which has a full commercial launch next January.