Symantec has announced software it says is designed to protect World Wide Web users from security threats.
Dubbed Norton Safe on the Web, the software is aimed at individuals and organisations who want protection from data snoopers and malicious Web content.
The software has a number of features, which will be available to customers in phases. A Browser Security Settings Auditor lets users make choices about the level of security they want when browsing the Web and is designed in modules so that additional security auditors may be included in it as updates.
Untouchable Data makes secure associations between applications and their file type, making certain data files, such as Quicken files, untouchable from unauthorised applications, officials say.
For encrypting email, users can activate Norton Secret Stuff, which requires only the password by which a mail was encrypted to open it.
A preview copy of Norton Safe on the Web is available for free at http://www.symantec.com/. The software requires a 486-based machine running at 33MHz or higher and 8M-bytes of RAM, officials say.