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Norton Security 2010. What is this?

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Old 02-10-2010, 09:09 AM   #1
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Norton Security 2010. What is this?

My Norton Internet Security 2010 is an automatic renewal from about two weeks ago. I keep getting a message when I log on to install an update (for more security) AND a check/uncheck box that reads:

I want to join the fight against digital cybercrime and let my PC automatically forward selected information to Symantec. (Recommended)

Ignore the update? What SELECTED information? Forwarded to Symantec and then to WHO? Bad idea?

What is this. Really?
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:23 AM   #2
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If you get something on your system (in an e-mail, on a web site, through a download) that Symantec catches and tosses into quarantine, they want you to share information about those events. Logs will probably contain information on the name of the infected file, possibly the original file information (if it was, say, one of several files in a ZIP file), possibly web sites that caused an alarm. There is probably a disclaimer up front that no personal information will be sent. They probably use the information in a number of ways: what crap is getting caught, how often, etc. May help them track trends, build better software, identify affected operating systems, that kind of thing.

So, mostly a personal decision on whether you want to share in this process. People concerned about privacy will generally select not to share the info.

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Old 02-10-2010, 09:38 AM   #3
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Ok, I read the Norton Community Watch Privacy Policy. Looooong! Pretty much what you said John. Don't like to do it when I don't know what it is. Even the policies can be a little unclear.
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:38 AM   #4
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So.. they will see that you were infected from the porn sites that you visited... Now.. there are all kinds of porn sites.. gun porn, car porn, motorcycle porn, and of course original porn! Good luck with the Norton. Most internet security packages have some sort of sharing option so they can track and study the different viruses.. Personally, I do not like Norton but whatever works for you is best.
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:55 AM   #5
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Not interested in the porn. My wife of 28 years doesn't need that and neither do I. Besides my filter won't let it happen.

Just trying to stay safe on the net and know where MOST of my info goes.
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Old 02-10-2010, 03:19 PM   #7
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I hate Norton with a passion.
Would you tell me why you hate Norton? Maybe your reasons why could be of benefit to me next year. Always willing to learn from other peoples experiences.
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Of old, Norton Utilities was a HORRIBLE resource hog and would slow your system down noticeably. I understand the current Norton is much improved and not such a hog. I've used free antivirus for many years, most recently Avast and AVG. I've been using Micro$oft's "Security Essentials". Not the TOP rated antivirus, but has the positives of been free and being written by MS, is reasonable on resources and probably integrates into Windows better than an lot of other products.

One of the best things you can use to protect your computer is common sense. Below is a list and this link is more background information:
DO NOT open an e-mail or attachment that you are not expecting
Use BCC: when sending e-mail to a group of people
Turn-Off the Preview Pane
Best Defense: Install an Anti-Virus Program

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Old 02-12-2010, 07:38 PM   #9
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Of old, Norton Utilities was a HORRIBLE resource hog and would slow your system down noticeably. I understand the current Norton is much improved and not such a hog. I've used free antivirus for many years, most recently Avast and AVG. I've been using Micro$oft's "Security Essentials". Not the TOP rated antivirus, but has the positives of been free and being written by MS, is reasonable on resources and probably integrates into Windows better than an lot of other products.

One of the best things you can use to protect your computer is common sense. Below is a list and this link is more background information:
DO NOT open an e-mail or attachment that you are not expecting
Use BCC: when sending e-mail to a group of people
Turn-Off the Preview Pane
Best Defense: Install an Anti-Virus Program

Cheers!

John
You make some good points. Avast is great! I used to own a computer with my step-dad and was a secondary IT manager for my current company. I am no longer in IT, thank God, but everyone I still keep in contact with says that the new Norton's isn't much better than the old. It's still a resource hog and does a lot more than it needs to.

One of the biggest pieces of advice I can give you is to stop using Internet Explorer. Firefox is much, much better but you will need to install some add ons like NoScript. I have Avast and Spybot Search & Destroy on my laptop and my desktop. I only use Firefox for web browsing. I haven't had a virus or one instance of malware in years. Firefox will take some learning to use it right, but it will be well worth it.
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It's crap. The corporate version of Norton - Symantec is OK, but for home, Microsoft Security Essentials can't be beat! It's free, and won't bloat up your system.
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