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Symantec Arms Consumers Against PC Hijackers with Norton AntiBot

Symantec Corp. announced the release of Norton AntiBot, the industry’s first targeted security solution to combat the growing botnet pandemic. Norton AntiBot is a real-time bot detection and removal solution for consumers. Norton AntiBot monitors PC applications and processes around-the-clock, offering an additional layer of protection that complements existing security solutions to protect PCs from unauthorized access and tampering.

“Consumers need to know that they may be directly implicated in the criminal activities being perpetrated by botnets – if not by having their own identity or personal information stolen, then by being part of a network of zombie PCs carrying out large scale criminal activities like massive spam distribution and phishing email schemes,” said Rowan Trollope , senior vice president, Consumer Products Division, Symantec. “We’re estimating millions upon millions of bot-infected PCs in existence today, with the vast majority of these users having no idea of what’s going on behind the scenes of their own computer. Norton AntiBot is an important new tool for strengthening consumer security and stopping these insidious threats.”

Symantec Security Response is seeing the number of bot-infected computers continue to rise. In Symantec’s latest Internet Security Threat Report (Volume XI, March 2007) Symantec found that during the last six months of 2006, there were more than 6 million active bots which is approximately 30 percent more zombie computers than observed in the previous six-month period.

“Botnets are quickly becoming one of the most pervasive, dangerous, and aggravating classes of malware,” said Rob Enderle Principal Analyst for the Enderle Group. “These networks are increasingly managed by professional criminals using leading technology to steal consumer bandwidth and performance and use it to for tasks ranging from massive amounts of spam to outright identity theft. To mitigate this growing risk all of us should be looking at using defense in depth solutions like Norton AntiBot that include strong protection for these technically advanced bot nets.”

Unlike yesterday’s viruses and worms, today’s bots are stealth and dynamic, secretly installing on systems and turning them into “zombies.” Once installed, bots can execute new commands sent by a bot master on an ongoing basis. If they are not properly removed, they can reinstall themselves, making them particularly difficult to destroy. Norton AntiBot is designed to completely eradicate all traces of any bot or other malware from a system, once it’s identified.

Consumers can reduce their exposure to bot-related attacks by deploying multiple layers of protection technologies, including intrusion prevention, signature-based detection and behavior-based detection. By using complementary technologies, users have the most effective protection against known and unknown forms of malware, including bots.

Norton AntiBot uses active behavior-based heuristic detection system that is always on. This technology constantly analyzes the behavior of files and applications to ensure that otherwise invisible malware is tracked and eradicated as soon as it exhibits harmful behavior. As a result, Norton AntiBot is a complementary solution to existing antivirus or security suites, including Norton AntiVirus, Norton Internet Security, and Norton 360.

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2007 in Symantec

 

Genius G-Pen F610 — Newest Slim Tablet

Looking for the perfect tablet? Genius has recently unveiled their newest G-Pen F610, a slim tablet with a 6″x10″ working area and a cordless pen compatible with PC Windows and MAC! Use it to write, draw, sketch, and sign emails instantly! The cursor moves precisely where you position the pen. If you need more convenience and better control than your mouse, G-Pen F610 is just what you need.

The sleek slim design in a 6″ by 10″ size is a perfect match for flat and wide screens. There is a twenty-nine programmable “Hot-Key” area for Office, Internet and Vista functions to be used for super shortcuts. The cordless pen features two buttons and 1024 level pressure sensitivity. While drawing with the digital pen, you can control all kinds of shapes and thickness easily. The two pen buttons can also be programmed as left and right mouse buttons. The battery life of the pen is up to one year and the pen holder keeps your pen nearby.

Just plug it in and you can use built-in Vista functions like personal note taking, email signing, handwriting recognition, handwritten emails and pen flick navigation Bring art-style to your life, and be more creative and more colorful with the G-Pen F610.

Genius is exclusively distributed in the Philippines by MSI-ECS.

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2007 in Technology

 

HP’s APAC Sales Grow 22 Percent in Q307

HP has announced the company’s financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2007, with net revenue of $25.4 billion, representing growth of 16% year over year, or 12% when adjusted for the effects of currency.

Countries across Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) performed well, with 14 out of 15 countries in the APJ region outpacing their local markets. Overall, APJ posted US$4.6 billion in revenue for Q3, with a 22 percent year-on-year growth in revenue –more than double the rate of the market.

“This is a new quarterly revenue record for the region. All of HP’s business groups in APJ grew double digits and delivered their best quarterly performance for FY07,” said Tom Iannotti, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, HP APJ. “Apart from strong growth in India and China, operations in Southeast Asia also turned in double-digit growth.”

Iannotti highlighted the performance of the Personal Systems Group (PSG), which set new records for growth and revenue while making strong gains in market share during the quarter.

HP’s Enterprise Computing business also performed well, spurred by the introduction of HP BladeSystem’s c-Class as well as by investments in sales and marketing. The segment maintained its dominant market share position for blades, according to IDC data. Meanwhile, Enterprise Software such as Mercury and OpenView helped strengthen HP’s portfolio of enterprise offerings and revenue.

The third quarter also demonstrated how HP is being recognized not just as a printer manufacturer, but as a true leader and innovator in printing. HP’s Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) continued to deliver strong growth through its LaserJet and InkJet printers, as well as supplies. Other contributors to growth included printing technologies and services designed to help enterprise customers better meet their printing needs, such as managed print services and the new Enterprise-level Multifunction Printers with Edgeline Ink Technologies that deliver richer, true-to-life color.

“To sum up, while Q3 was a good quarter for APJ, we still have plenty of work ahead of us. We take our position as the world’s leading IT company seriously. HP will continue to invest in training its sales force and leadership to deliver high-performance results and satisfy our customers,” Iannotti concluded.

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2007 in HP