On Monday Symantec announced that it plans to launch Norton One in the first half of 2012, a personalized security solution that will (finally) stretch across multiple devices instead of just one suite on one platform and one suite on another. The new software will still require a paid subscription, but at least users will have everything covered, from the PC to the Mac, tablet, smartphone and other "connected" devices.
"Norton continues to expand our business with our Norton Everywhere initiative, delivering solutions that are focused on the individual, wherever they go and regardless of the device they’re using," said Janice Chaffin, group president, Consumer Business Unit, Symantec. "Norton One is a one-of-a-kind, new model that will address the security and service challenges that consumers face today."
According to Symantec, only one membership will be needed to protect each connected device in the household, all managed from a single user interface. Customers will also have the ability to easily pick and choose the technologies and support options they need to properly stay protected on all the devices they own (PCs, Macs, and mobile). Users will even be able to seamlessly add new devices to the membership for quick protection against online threats.
"Today’s Internet-enabled household relies on multiple devices to communicate, work, shop and play," Symantec said. "Norton market research has found that consumers in the U.S. have an average of 4.5 devices in their household between desktop computers, laptops, tablets, mobile phones and more. All these devices need protection against online threats, but protection today needs to provide more than just basic security and must cover the distinct needs of all the household’s connected devices."
Symantec added that Norton One will allow users to move licenses between devices, or remove them completely if the devices are no longer in use. Other features will include a diversified range of technologies and support including security and performance, personalized services and premium customer support.
Norton One's subscription plans and availability were not provided, so stay tuned.