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Norton by Symantec has released the 2013 public betas of the award-winning Norton Internet Security, Norton AntiVirus and Norton 360. available for free download from the Norton beta website, these products are designed for compatibility with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, in addition to Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP.
With the 2013 betas, Norton continues to leverage the power of the cloud to keep consumers safe in all they do online – whether browsing, socializing or shopping. In addition to delivering core protection via the cloud, the betas now include improved cloud-enabled features such as Norton Management, Norton Identity Safe and online backup, which allow consumers to conveniently manage their security and keep their personal information safe, anywhere, anytime.
The 2013 betas are designed to outperform the award-winning previous versions which already lead the industry in both protection and performance. In addition to delivering best-in-class core security technologies and a seamless user experience, the betas include key enhancements including:- Metro App Protection – New protection capabilities provide security for consumers using Windows 8 Metro apps.- next Generation Firewall Protection – Norton’s award-winning Insight technology has been incorporated into the Norton firewall to improve the ability to detect and block malicious network activity including botnet activity which attempts to steal consumers’ personal information.- Bandwidth Monitoring – Increased intelligence and improved integration with the operating system will help consumers avoid costly data overage fees by limiting non-critical updates on bandwidth sensitive networks.
Beta AvailabilityNorton Internet Security, Norton AntiVirus and Norton 360 deliver the industry’s leading PC protection and top-rated performance, and play an integral part in furthering the Norton commitment to protecting consumers across all aspects of their digital lives. all three betas are available for free download now at the Norton Beta Center. Beta testers are encouraged to share feedback and discuss their product experiences in our online Norton Public Beta Forum. For more information about Norton and Windows 8, visit us.norton.com/windows8/promo.
More information is available at symantec.com.
Security vendor Symantec has advised users of its pcAnywhere remote control software to disable it, because hackers with access to the product’s source code could exploit security holes identified in the application.
Earlier this month Symantec confirmed that the source code for the 2006 versions of Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition, Norton Internet Security, Norton SystemWorks and pcAnywhere was stolen by hackers.
The security vendor said at the time that because the code is old, customers running Norton products today should not be in any increased danger of cyberattacks. however, the company admitted that users of pcAnywhere, which has not changed as much as the Norton products over the past few years, might face an increased risk because of the leak.
In a white paper published on Monday, Symantec revealed that encoding and encryption elements used by pcAnywhere to secure PC to PC communications were found to be vulnerable. “Therefore it is possible that successful man-in-the-middle attacks may occur depending on the configuration and use of the product,” the company said.
If attackers manage to obtain the cryptographic key used by the application they can launch unauthorized remote control sessions and potentially gain access to other data stored on an internal network.
The application’s login credentials can also be intercepted with the help of a network sniffer. however, for this to happen, the attacker must already have access to the network via a malware-compromised computer or some other method.
“At this time, Symantec recommends disabling the product until we release a final set of software updates that resolve currently known vulnerability risks,” Symantec said in a statement.
“For customers that require pcAnywhere for business critical purposes, it is recommended that customers understand the current risks, ensure pcAnywhere 12.5 is installed, apply all relevant patches as they are released, and follow general security best practices,” the company said.
Symantec’s white paper includes general and pcAnywhere-specific security recommendations, as well as links to instructions for disabling or uninstalling the product.
In addition to being sold as a stand-alone program, pcAnywhere is also bundled with other Syamantec products like Altiris Client Management Suite version 7.0 or later, Altiris IT Management Suite version 7.0 or later and Altiris Deployment Solution with Remote v7.1.
“Our current analysis shows that all pcAnywhere 12.0, 12.1 and 12.5 customers are at increased risk, as well as customers with prior, unsupported versions of the product,” Symantec said in its white paper.
A patch for pcAnywhere 12.5 was released on Tuesday in order to address two security vulnerabilities that could lead to arbitrary code execution or privilege escalation. the flaws were reported privately to Symantec by security researchers Tal Seltzer and Edward Torkington.
“Additional patches are planned for release during the week of January 23 for pcAnywhere 12.0, pcAnywhere 12.1 and pcAnywhere 12.5,” Christine Ewing, director of product marketing for Symantec’s Endpoint Management group, said in a blog post on Tuesday. “Symantec will continue to issue patches as needed until a new version of pcAnywhere that addresses all currently known vulnerabilities is released.”
In my years working as an IT support specialist, one of the biggest frustrations of typical internet users is that the firewall software that they have installed ‘breaks’ their access to the internet. Especially dial up users.
Whether it’s Norton Internet Security, McAfee’s Security Center or any other third party firewall software, the individual settings for that software can (and eventually will) completely shutdown your access to the internet.
The most common symptoms of this is getting the ‘page cannot be displayed’ message in Internet Explorer or a ‘timeout’ error message in Outlook Express or Outlook.
What typically happens is that the firewall software will do an automated update (especially if it is part of a ‘suite’; an antivirus and firewall software combination, for example). the update will prompt a restart of the computer, and upon restarting, you won’t be able to access the internet or receive email.
A firewall is an important part of system protection. Especially for a person who uses a dial up connection. it blocks the attempts of anyone on the Internet trying to connect to or access your system without your permission. the firewall should also ask for your permission–which you can grant permanently by establishing an exception–to allow connections you need for programs such as email, instant messenging or gaming. in addition, they can provide some protection against viruses and Trojans.
However, when your firewall blocks your ability to access the internet, then it’s overstepped its usefulness. if you can’t get to any websites or receive emails and you aren’t sure what is happening, here’s what to do–short of calling your ISP’s technical support or turning off the firewall completely.
Included in Service Pack 2 for Windows XP, Microsoft has a built-in application called Windows Firewall. By default, this firewall is turned on when installation of SP 2 is completed.
To access Windows Firewall, go to the Start menu, open the Control Panel, and click Windows Firewall.
If Windows Firewall is blocking Internet Explorer, you might receive a security alert indicating such is the case. if so, click Unblock in this dialog box, and your problem should be solved.
However, if you can’t use Internet Explorer and don’t receive a security alert, a better course of action is to open Windows Security Center–it is best to make sure you are logged on as an administrator when doing this–and click the Windows Firewall link so you can manage its security settings.
In Windows Firewall, click the Exceptions tab. This displays the list of programs and services that Windows Firewall will not block. if Internet Explorer is not listed, click the Add Program button and use the Browse button to find it. (The file Iexplore.exe should be located in C:PROGRAM FILESINTERNET EXPLORER.) Highlight it and click OK, then click OK once more.
If you’ve installed another firewall, the installation process more than likely will ask you to turn off Windows Firewall, or it may automatically disable Windows Firewall.
As mentioned, installing a third-party firewall, even if it’s just an incoming firewall that is part of another program, will result in disabling Windows Firewall. (If this doesn’t happen automatically, or if you aren’t prompted to do so, you should disable Windows Firewall because in most cases it’s best to have just one firewall running at a time.) Once the firewall is installed and activated, if you encounter a problem using IE, check the security settings.
I won’t go into changing specific settings within Norton or McAfee since that is an article all by itself. Suffice it to say that the ‘help’ area of the software itself should be fairly helpful.
The easiest way to find out if your firewall software is causing the problem is to right click on the program icon in the system tray of your taskbar and disabling or turning it off completely and see if that solves the problem.
High Speed Connections
Typically, users who access the internet through a high speed DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) connection don’t have to concern themselves as much with firewall software. the reason for this is that a typical DSL connection involves the use of a modem, which acts as a DHCP server. This modem acts as a hardware firewall using NAT (Network Address Translation). put simply, the computer you are using is assigned a private IP address (let’s say 192.168.0.5) and the modem is using an IP address that is assigned by your ISP.
Let’s say you have an instance of Internet Explorer open and you type ‘yahoo.com’ into the address bar. the computer will send a message to the DSL modem requesting the information from the yahoo website. the DSL modem will relay that request to the web server at yahoo.com and then receive a reply. Once this reply is received, the modem will determine what computer (yours.192.168.0.5) sent the request, and it will forward the information from yahoo to it. This all happens in a matter of seconds.
I would recommend that users of Cable connections use some sort of firewall software since the computer they are using is directly connected to the internet. Unless of course you have more than one computer in the home and you are using a router.
Update Your Virus Protection
If a firewall detects a security risk, such as one posed by a virus or worm, it might prevent a user from going online through IE. This is why it’s very important to keep your antivirus program updated. when you update your antivirus program, you are staying on top of the virus definitions the program uses to identify the latest virus threats.
Of course, it’s ideal to do this on a regular basis so that your system does not get infected. But if you find access to IE blocked and tweaking the settings in your firewall doesn’t work, the problem might actually be a virus. One solution is to go online with a different computer and visit the Web site of the manufacturer of your antivirus program. Download the latest definitions to a CD and then insert the disc into the computer with the nonfunctioning IE.
Once you load the new definitions, initialize a full-system scan with your antivirus program and then use a repair wizard or similarly named tool to fix any security risks that are found. Restart your system, and you should be able to launch IE.
Toshiba Satellite A200-ST2 : Might buy this laptop from Staples Buisness Depot. Will I be happy with it?
Not a big gamer, but might want to install something in future for my niece
1.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5450
2GB DDR2 system Memory (expandable to 4GB)
200GB 5400 RPM SATA Hard Drive
Built-in DVD Super Multi Double Layer Drive 24x CD-ROM, 8x DVD-ROM, 24x CD-R, 4x CD-RW, 4x DVD-R, 2x DVD-R DL, 4x DVD-RW, 4x DVD+R, 2.4x DVD+R DL, 4x DVD+RW, 3x DVD-RAM
ATI Mobility Reader HD2400 video memory with up to 895MB (shared) graphic memory
15.4" WXGA TFT with TruBrite (2048 x 1536) LCD
Integrated 10/100 Ethernet LAN
56K Data/Fax Modem
Integrated 1.3MP Web Cam
Integrated microphone for Voice over IP
Ports: 5-in-1 Bridge Media Adaptor, 4 USB 2.0 ports, RJ11, RJ45, iEEE 1394, external microphone port, headphone port, RGB, TV-Out (S-video)
Windows Vista Home Premium
Software Included: Toshiba ConfigFree, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Toshiba Disc Creator, Toshiba DVD Player, Norton Internet Security 2007 (90-day trial version), Microsoft Office 2007 (60-day trial version)
That's a pretty decent computer. The video card (ATI Mobility Reader) is junk and will not let you play games. if you're not wanting to do any graphics-intensive stuff, this'll be great.
However, don't spend more than $850 on it. I just bought a laptop just like this except with a nice GeForce8400 video card for $820 after taxes from Dell.
If you're wanting a good laptop deal (if you decide to not go with this one), go to Dell's website and look under SMALL BUSINESS. take a look at the Vostro series. The 1400 or 1500 would be comparable/better to what you've listed here.
sounds good to me for basic computing. first thing i'd do though is uninstall Norton and get AVG anti-virus and Ad-Aware for internet protection. if you need a firewall get ZoneAlarm it works better than most software firewalls.
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I have norton internet security and it runs fine.. but searching through my C drive I find all these random eula.txt files and a bunch of random dll files I'm not sure belong; if norton internet security isn't catching these would it be a good idea to also install norton antivirus just to be very safe?Norton internet security has the anti virus in it, so no you cant have both since you already have the antivirus,