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Symantec To Launch Umbrella Security Service 'Norton One' In 2012

Symantec Corp, the maker of Norton computer security software, has announced plans to launch Norton One, a personalised integrated service that will secure PCs, mobile phones and other devices instead of paying for separate security apps. Norton One is expected to be available in the first half of 2012.

"Norton continues to expand our business with our Norton Everywhere initiative, delivering solutions   that are focused on the individual, wherever they go and regardless of the device they're using," said Janice Chaffin, group president, Consumer Business Unit, Symantec.

Currently, Norton anti-virus for one PC for a year's subscription is priced at Rs 499, Norton Internet security pack for a single PC is priced at Rs 1165 and Norton security for an Android phone is priced at Rs 599. The company has not yet disclosed the pricing strategy for Norton One but it could make it lucrative for consumers if the single umbrella service will cost them less phpaide.com than the cumulative service fees for different devices.

Internet-enabled household relies on multiple devices such as desktop computers, laptops, tablets mobile phones and more to communicate, work, shop and play. All devices need protection against online threats, but protection is required beyond than just basic security, the company said. Norton One will protect all connected devices in a household, and manage them from a single user interface. The company will allow new devices to be seamlessly added to the membership and licenses can be moved between devices or removed if the device is no longer being used, it said.

The most common types of cybercrime are computer viruses and malware, followed by online scams and phishing. In India, four in five online adults have been a victim of cyber crime. Every second, 14 adults become a victim of cybercrime, resulting in more than one million cybercrime victims every day. According to a recent study conducted by the company, cyber crime leads to annual losses to the tune of around $ 4 billion or Rs 18,000 crore in direct financial losses and an additional $3.6 billion or Rs 16,200 crore in resolving the crime, affecting lives of more than 30 million in India.

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