Yahoo and Symantec Team for Online Security

Yahoo and Symantec today announced that Yahoo is offering Norton Internet Security to its users on a subscription basis for $50 per year, under the tongue-tingling monicker Norton Internet Security provided by Yahoo.

“Internet security is important to our Yahoo users and by working with Symantec we are bringing the comfortable security blanket that their Norton brand services provide to consumers around the world,” said Stephen Miller, Yahoo’s director of product management. “Simple, dependable Internet security solutions help give people the peace of mind to keep on enjoying everything they love about the Internet and Yahoo.”

Norton Internet Security provided by Yahoo aims to block spyware, prevent intrusion and identity theft, filter spam, and (of course) scan email, files, and instant messaging communications for viruses, Trojans and worms. The companies will offer customers a free 30-day trial; after that, users can purchase a 12-month subscription for $49.99. Like the plain-and-simple Norton Internet Security product, Norton Internet Security provided by Yahoo requires Windows 2000/XP.

Symantec and Yahoo plan to offer additional co-branded products focused on user safety and security. Planned services include Norton Spyware Scan for Yahoo Toolbar, Symantec Yahoo Toolbar (a co-branded version of the Yahoo toolbar with access to Norton security products), and Yahoo Online Protection, which will bundle together antivirus and firewall services for selected broadband users.

“Symantec and Yahoo share a vision of protecting consumers online and we are thrilled to partner to offer Symantec products to Yahoo’s audience of hundreds of millions globally,” said Enrique Salem, Symantec’s group president for consumer products and solutions. “Internet security is a necessity for consumers today. As the leading provider of security solutions for consumers, Symantec services are designed to give consumers the highest degree of protection with the minimum activity required.”