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Security researchers on Google's Project Zero team have discovered critical security flaws in several of Symantec's software security products, including its popular Norton line for consumers and Endpoint Protection for enterprises. No small thing, among the vulnerabilities are several wormable remote code execution flaws."These vulnerabilities are as bad as it gets. They don't require any user interaction, they affect the default configuration, and the software runs at the highest privilege levels possible. In certain cases on Windows, vulnerable code is even loaded into the kernel, resulting in remote kernel memory corruption," the Project Zero team said.Since Symantec uses the same core engine... Read more...
“People still use Norton Antivirus?” That was my first thought when this latest bit of news came across my desk, but millions of users indeed are subjected to the resource-draining antivirus program on a daily basis (usually, because it comes installed on a large percentage of brand new Windows PCs). With that said, Norton Antivirus can’t stretch its legs and get comfortable without a ready and willing browser to rest its feet upon. So in order to better protect customers, Norton Antivirus installs extensions in web browsers like Firefox and Google Chrome to “protect” users if they stumble upon seedy parts of the Internet. However, with the upcoming release of Windows 10, Norton Antivirus has... Read more...
As companies such as Apple, Samsung, and those associated with the Merchant Customer Exchange push near-field communication (NFC) payments forward, and radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology is used in important documents such as passports, digital pick pocketing is expected to increase as well. However, to help combat digital theft, security software developer Norton partnered with Betabrand to create jeans and a blazer designed to prevent digital pick pocketing. The articles of clothing features RFID-blocking fabric in two pockets that will prevent criminals from using RFID readers to steal information. This is a situation that security experts say is a growing... Read more...
Recent years have seen software publishers increasingly moving from boxed software to a subscription model. Adobe moved its famous Photoshop software and related programs to the subscription-based Creative Cloud in 2012 and hasn’t looked back. Microsoft still offers boxed versions of its Office software, but it has been heavily promoting the Office 365 subscriptions. Now, Symantec is heading to the subscription model with its flagship Norton computer security products. The new Norton Security pulls multiple Norton products into a single subscription that will run you about $80 per year. Symantec is pulling its array of security products into a subscription meant to protect all your devices,... Read more...
Symantec, which has been making antivirus products for decades (including Norton, the first piece of software most people would try to remove from a new PC), is getting out of the antivirus game, sort of. Brian Dye, Symantec's senior vice president for information security, told the Wall Street Journal that in Synamtec’s view, antivirus is dead. "We don't think of antivirus as a moneymaker in any way," he stated. That doesn't mean the company is completely abandoning Norton, but it is heading in a new direction. Basically, instead of primarily focusing on keeping the walls secure, Symantec is more interested in what to do when (not if) cybercriminals break through. In a year, this will... Read more...
In the quest to quell all the malware that persists in the world, you need a good antimalware solution, but one is not just as good as the next. In a new report, Dennis Technology Labs compared 9 of the top anti-malware products from various companies to see which handled the onslaught the best. Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 topped the list, boasting 100% “Legitimate Accuracy” and 99% “Total Accuracy”, while ESET Smart Security 7 wasn’t far behind with 100% and 98% respectively, and third place went to Norton Internet Security with 97% and 97%. Bringing up the rear in ugly fashion was Microsoft Security Essentials and McAfee Internet Security. Microsoft’s... Read more...
In a post on pastebin (which has been removed, though it is cached here), a hacker group called the Lords of Dharmaraja claimed that it hacked an Indian Military Intelligence server and snagged source codes from a dozen different companies, most notably (apparently) the source code to Symantec’s Norton Antivirus. The group posted a file it said “describes the application programming interface specifications required for generating virus definitions automatically from the Immune System analysis center.” Obviously, the ability to for cyber ne’er-do-wells to dig into one of Symantec’s flagship products (especially as users rely on it to ward off malware) and share the... Read more...
Kingston, the same company that could very well have their label on your RAM or SSD, is introducing something a little different today. The company's latest is an effort to transform the USB flash drive into an active storage device. It's called urDrive, a cleverly named, free pre-loaded application available on a variety of its DataTraveler USB drives. urDrive transforms USB drives from passive storage to engaged, active storage, allowing consumers to easily access and organize their personal files, photos, music, games and videos. A built-in photo viewer and MP3 player makes looking at pictures and listening to music easy. urDrive enhances security on the PC with Norton PC Checkup, which cans... Read more...