Norton Core validates need for home Wi-Fi network security; over 90 million threats blocked in first year

Since launching in August 2017, Symantec’s Norton Core secure Wi-Fi router for the connected home has blocked more than 90 million threats at the network level. Powered by Symantec’s global Threat Intelligence Network, Norton Core is helping defend consumers’ home networks from hackers, botnets and other sophisticated and aggressive malicious attacks.

Last year, a staggering 143 million Americans experienced cybercrime or know someone who has – more than half the U.S. adult online population. Further, Symantec research found there was a 600 percent increase in overall IoT attacks since 2017, with routers identified as the most attacked device in the home.

As the world becomes more connected – analyst firm Gartner estimated 8.4 billion IoT devices would be in use by the end of 2017.

Drawing on Symantec’s vast security expertise, Norton Core helps protect consumers’ personal data and information from a variety of different attacks, including: malware; software specifically designed to gain access or damage to a computer; phishing and infected websites; botnets; potentially unwanted programs (PUPs); and other emerging scams that target consumers.

Since the product’s general availability, Norton Core has blocked over 51 million malware attacks; 20 million botnets; 13 million spam and phishing emails; 3 million Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs, which are programs that come bundled and add functions the user didn’t want or that may slow down systems); and 3 million potential scams, which include blocking sites that promote scams such as work-from-home and pay-to-surf, as well as Ponzi schemes and sites that provide or sell legally questionable content or services.

“Norton Core was developed to address the alarming trend of IoT attacks, such as VPNFilter, the malware that recently infected more than half a million routers in more than 50 countries,” said Ameer Karim, vice president and general manager of Consumer IoT Security at Norton by Symantec. “It’s mission-critical we continue to provide consumers with great Wi-Fi performance and peace of mind – even while on-the-go – by designing secure products with capabilities that help protect users’ privacy and personal information.”

Norton Core is available for purchase online for $199.99 at Norton.com, BestBuy.com and Amazon.com, as well as Best Buy stores nationwide. Purchase of Norton Core, available in Titanium Gold and Granite Gray, comes bundled with a one-year complimentary subscription to Norton Core Security Plus, which includes protection for an unlimited number of connected devices, including computers, smartphones, tablets and smart connected devices.

After the first year, a subscription renewal is available for $9.99/month. Subscription is required for security and parental control features.

 


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