April 26, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO — As it closes in on 1 billion users, Facebook Inc. has formed partnerships with five security software outfits to crack down on pfishing schemes. Facebook said Wednesday that Microsoft Corp., McAfee Inc., Trend Micro Inc., Sophos Ltd. and Symantec Corp. will join the fight to keep its users from sharing links to sites that install malware. Facebook also has its own tools in its arsenal and a vast database of malicious URLs. Facebook users, who number more than 900 million, post a ton of links, some from blacklisted sites.
March 10, 2012 |
Losing a smartphone won't just cost you the price of a new phone. A recent study shows that there's a strong likelihood it will cost you your privacy as well. There is a 96% chance that the finder of a lost cellphone will access the device, and an 89% chance that the finder will access it for personal-related apps and information, according to a new study commissioned by the privacy software company Symantec Corp. The study also found that there is only a 50% chance the finder will try to return the phone to the person who lost it. Symantec arrived at these conclusions after deliberately "losing" a total of 50 smartphones in five cities: New York City, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco and Ottawa, Canada.
September 3, 1997 |
Attention, small-Web-site owners: You have something the big guys don't--a niche audience. And that means your site can be a moneymaker, even if its small size and narrow appeal may limit your opportunities to attract banner advertising. "The Internet is not a mass market, it's a one-to-one medium," says Rosalind Resnick, editor of the Digital Director Marketing Letter (http://www.netcreations.com/ddm), which tracks trends in online marketing.
July 28, 2000 |
Symantec Corp., the largest maker of computer security software for consumers, agreed to buy rival Axent Technologies Inc. for about $975 million in stock to beef up its product line for businesses. Axent shareholders will get one-half of a Symantec share for each Axent share. The purchase comes as Symantec Chief Executive John Thompson refashions the maker of PC software such as Norton AntiVirus into a provider of security software and services to large companies.
January 20, 2005 |
Symantec Corp., which is buying Veritas Software Corp. for $12.3 billion, said Wednesday that third-quarter profit increased 47% as sales of the Norton antivirus computer program gained. Net income rose to $163.6 million, or 22 cents a share, in the quarter ended Dec. 31 from $111.5 million, or 16 cents, a year earlier. Sales increased 41% to $695.2 million. Computer owners' fears of viruses boosted demand for the antivirus program, helping Cupertino, Calif.
April 15, 1999
Symantec Corp., maker of anti-virus and computer security software, named former IBM Corp. executive John W. Thompson its chief executive and president, replacing Gordon Eubanks, a software industry pioneer. Thompson, 49, was with IBM for almost three decades, most recently as general manager of its Americas unit. Last week, Eubanks resigned to become president and CEO of closely held software start-up Oblix Inc. Shares of Cupertino, Calif.