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Symantec Norton Everywhere Aims Beyond PCs

Symantec Thursday announced its new Norton Everywhere initiative to extend security, backup, and infrastructure-related software beyond PCs to a variety of consumer devices, from iPhones and Android devices to media hubs.

Norton DNS, meanwhile, will add an extra security layer to browsing the Web, through anti-phishing, anti-malware and anti-spyware tools, as well as website filtering. "Just as people associate Norton security products with scanning every file that comes into a system, with Norton DNS, every time a user navigates to a URL, it will be verified by Norton," said Symantec in a statement.

Starting next month, the company said consumers can set their home routers' DNS settings to use the free service, or download an Android application to protect their Internet surfing when using a Wi-Fi connection.

Finally, for devices running on embedded chips, Norton for Smart Devices -- which would be built-in to devices by their manufacturers -- can secure non-PC devices that connect to the Internet, such as televisions, media hubs, Blu-ray players, smartphones, and even home security systems.

The goal is to allow for secure updates of a device's firmware, operating system or applications, facilitate remote support, and to provide these devices with access to secure online storage, for example to enable manufacturers to maintain a secure online backup of a user's device settings or configuration.

InformationWeek has published an in-depth report on compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard. Download the report here (registration required).

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