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Symantec's Challenge to SiteAdvisor

In an unsurprising move, Symantec have announced that they are developing a number of 'reputation systems' that are going to be designed to aid users in identifying the relative safety of a website or file that they are visiting or downloading. Seen as a challenge to McAfee's SiteAdvisor program, Symantec's systems have been under development since late 2006.

It will have to be seen whether Symantec's new systems will suffer from the same technical flaws that plague SiteAdvisor, Google's malicious site blacklist and other less-known systems.

With these new technologies to be integrated into software suites already on offer from Symantec, it marks a continuation of the move from specialised software products to a broad-spectrum multi-faceted approach to client-side security that the major security vendors have been taking over recent years.

24 June 2007

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