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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Symantec keeps weather eye out for Net threats

Symantec plans to launch the Symantec Internet Threat Meter, a free service meant to inform consumers about the state of Net security.  Available on the Symantec Web site, the new threat meter will provide information on the current risk level associated with specific online activities: e-mail, Web surfing, instant messaging and file-sharing.  The rating is based on triggers related to malicious software, phishing and online fraud, vulnerabilities, online attacks and spam, Cole said.

For the indicator to move higher, there has to be a notable threat increase, Cole said.  Similarly, when an unusual number of Trojan horses or phishing e-mails are being spammed, the e-mail threat level will rise to medium, Cole said.

Posted on 02/28