Symantec (ticker: SYMC, exchange: NASDAQ Global Market (.O))
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Symantec Finds Online Banking the #1 Internet Activity That Makes Lives EasierBank of America's Online Banking Customers Receive 90-Day Complimentary Version of Award-Winning Norton Internet Security Software Solution to Help Safeguard Their Online ExperienceCUPERTINO, CA, Aug 01, 2007 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Consumers rank online banking as the number one Internet activity
that makes their lives easier, according to a recent Harris
Interactive poll(1). As online banking continues to become an
integral part of people's lives, Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC) has joined
forces with online banking leader, Bank of America, to offer a 90-day
version of Norton Internet Security and discounted subscriptions to
help consumers protect their computers against threats from viruses,
spyware, phishing scams and other online threats.
According to the Harris poll, 86 percent noted that online banking
saves them as much as five hours weekly and more than one-fifth (21
percent) of respondents say online banking has made it unnecessary
for them to ever visit a bank in person. With Norton Internet
Security, consumers have a powerful and award-winning security
solution to help protect their computers and the information stored
in them from Internet threats and risks, as well as data loss,
allowing users to freely engage in online activities they care about
In addition, the poll also revealed that when it comes to advice or
assistance with keeping their personal information secure, consumers
ranked their financial institutions (54 percent) as the first source
they would turn to followed by software security companies, such as
Symantec (29 percent). Bank of America's online banking customers
can now access Norton solutions, to help them be more informed, more
secure and more at ease with their online security.
"Consumers are using the Internet to make each day of their lives
easier and this research demonstrates that online banking -- more than
any other activity -- makes a significant impact," said Vince
Steckler, senior vice president, worldwide consumer sales, Symantec.
"With the increased activity online, it is important that consumers
have a comprehensive security solution, such as Norton Internet
Security, to safeguard their valuable financial and personal data on
their PCs and help give them a safe and secure online experience."
"As a leader in online banking security, we want to ensure that
consumers have the most secure experience possible," said Lance
Drummond, e-Commerce executive for Bank of America. "In addition to
the security measures and Zero Liability Guarantee we already offer
through Online Banking, we want to provide customers with the tools
that help protect their computers -- so they have greater peace of
mind with all their online transactions."
Norton Internet Security 2007 includes the following features:
-- Automatically detects and blocks viruses, spyware and worms.
-- Advanced phishing protection identifies and blocks a wide variety of
fraudulent Web sites.
-- Smart firewall helps block hackers and stops spyware transmitting
-- Intrusion prevention automatically shields newly discovered security
-- Network protection configures security settings when logged on at home
or on public networks.
-- Full system scan performs a deep scan to remove existing viruses,
spyware and other threats.
Currently, Bank of America online customers can try Norton Internet
Security for 90 days at no cost with the option to renew to a full
version at a discount of up to 50 percent off the suggested retail
price. This offer can be found at www.bankofamerica.com/privacy.
Norton Internet Security is compatible for Windows Vista(TM) and
Windows(R) XP Home/Pro operating systems.
(1) Harris Interactive poll commissioned by Symantec (2007)
Symantec is a global leader in infrastructure software, enabling
businesses and consumers to have confidence in a connected world. The
company helps customers protect their infrastructure, information,
and interactions by delivering software and services that address
risks to security, availability, compliance, and performance.
Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in 40
countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
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