Symantec Corp. has announced the availability of Norton Internet Security 4 for Mac, a next-generation security suite that integrates an all-new firewall and antivirus protection with tools to help protect against identity theft.
The newest version of Norton Internet Security for Mac installs in about one minute and features an improved user interface with fast, unobtrusive updates. In addition, the solution includes fully configurable settings for more technical users.
The company also launched today Norton Internet Security for Mac Dual Protection, securing Mac users running Boot Camp or other Windows virtualization software -- programs that allow users to run both Mac OS X Leopard and Windows operating systems. This solution provides comprehensive protection from both Mac and Windows-based vulnerabilities and malicious code.
With Norton Internet Security for Mac Dual Protection, Mac users benefit by receiving Symantec's newest security suite for the Mac and the Norton Internet Security 2009 for Windows.
While automatically blocking computers attempting to exploit vulnerabilities from connecting to the Mac using different protocols, Norton Internet Security for Mac's firewall now also offers application control, which allows users to manage the applications that are connecting to the Internet, protecting Macs from spyware. Also, new location awareness controls let users specify different connection settings for every network to which the computer is connected. Norton Internet Security for Mac is also integrated with Symantec's DeepSight Threat Management System, updating the firewall rules at least once a day to protect against the latest attacking IP addresses.
"Even Mac owners are susceptible to online threats, and when it comes to phishing, it doesn't matter what platform you're using," said Rowan Trollope, senior vice president, Consumer Business Unit, Symantec. "The data we are seeing from Symantec's Security Response is showing that Macs can be a target for viruses and malware. Norton Internet Security for Mac now helps safeguard users from phishing threats, malware and hackers, without compromising system performance."
In addition to comprehensive antivirus protection, Norton Internet Security for Mac also features vulnerability protection, addressing the avenue where many of today's attacks occur -- through applications connected to the Internet. This technology prevents threats from infecting systems and deletes and blocks malware and viruses from installing.