Symantec has launched the public beta of its new all-in-one Norton 360 consumer security service.
Norton 360 combines Symantec’s PC security and “tune-up” technologies with new automated backup and online transaction security capabilities.
The service offers protection from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, spyware, adware, hackers and other internet threats and risks.
The service, which will compete with Microsoft’s recently launched OneCare subscription security protection, also helps protect consumers from online scams and identity theft, while safeguarding important documents, photos and music through automated online backup and restore functionality.
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Norton 360 provides consumers with free 24/7 support via embedded e-mail and online chat, which will be active during the beta period.
Users can download the free public beta of Norton 360 from http://www.symantec.com/norton360beta
Beta testers must have Windows XP and they must uninstall other security programmes from their systems for it to work properly, said Symantec. This may prove a stumbling block for some users.
The final version of Norton 360 is scheduled to be available to buy by March 2007 in multiple languages and countries. Prices have not been disclosed.
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