Norton Arms Consumers Against Cybercrime

By Cindy Waxer February 17, 2011

So you know that cyberspace is riddled with Trojans and worms. In fact, 65 percent of adults worldwide have been a victim of cybercrime. But what if you could look out your window and determine just how dangerous it really is out there?

Enter Symantec’s Norton Cybercrime Index. Released this week, this free tool measures and warns people about real-time cybercrimes taking place around the world. The Index’s number changes daily to reflect shifts in cybercrime activity and the threat that these trends pose to surfers.

Consider, for example, recent threats like the Here You Have (H-Y-H) virus, which tried to shut down electronic communications worldwide, and the high-profile attacks by Zeus botnets. Norton argues that computer users require a tool that makes understanding today’s online threats simple and easy. With the Norton Cybercrime Index, consumers can avoid dangerous websites, commonly hijacked search terms, identity theft and spam. What’s more, the tool offers expert news about the day’s most dangerous threat and advice on how to avoid it to stay safe online.

“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 Adam Palmer, Norton Lead Cyber Security Advisor, in a statement. “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.”

Edited by Tammy Wolf

TechZone360 Contributing Editor

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