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Norton launches cybercrime warning tool

Dubai, February 17, 2011

Norton by Symantec, a leading Internet security and anti-spyware solutions provider, has launched its Norton Cybercrime Index, which tracks and warns computer users about daily cybercrime risks around the world.

The Norton Cybercrime Index alerts consumers to today’s online trouble-spots and potential hazards, including the day’s most dangerous websites, the most hijacked search terms by cybercriminals, as well as top scams, identity theft and spam, a statement said.

The free tool includes expert news about the day’s most dangerous threat and advice on how to avoid it to stay safe online, it added.

The index answers the question, “What’s your online risk today?,” showing the day’s risk rating and putting it in the context of highs and lows, much like a stock index would.

The tool gives people one easy-to-understand visual for the day’s level of online risk. The Norton Cybercrime Index can be viewed online, via a mobile device or downloaded onto a PC, the statement said.

“Most of us go online daily to work, play, and socialize, and yet it’s one of the most dangerous activities we engage in, because there are so many threats lurking online,” said Tamim Taufiq, head of consumer sales Mena for Symantec.

“Norton fights cybercrime in a number of ways, including through education. Our goal is to have people add the Norton Cybercrime Index to their daily routine to get a clear understanding of the dangers that are threatening them online, and to take preventative action to avoid falling victim.”

“Many people are leaving themselves wide open to identity fraud by sharing private information online, such as their birth date or home town.  We see the results of this risky behavior with our unique real-time visibility into identity activity,” said Tom Oscherwitz, chief privacy officer of ID Analytics.

“By contributing to the Norton Cybercrime Index, ID Analytics is helping to provide consumers with daily insight into their risk level for cybercrime and how they can better protect themselves and their identities online,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service

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