Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Safe Surfing is ‘Paramount’

Safe Surfing is ‘Paramount’

Symantec issues Safe Surfing Tips for a Secure Online Christmas

Symantec, the world leader in Internet security, is urging consumers to protect their PCs from viruses and hackers this holiday season.
As the Internet becomes a way of life for many New Zealanders, Christmas is a peak time for emailing family and friends, as well as enjoying the benefits of online shopping, travel bookings, and banking.

While reputable e-commerce sites have security measures in place to keep
online transactions secure, New Zealanders also need to ensure that their private information (such as credit card numbers, bank account details and home address) are not being accessed by an unknown third party while online.

New computer viruses and worms are discovered at a rate of 10 to 15 a day. Hackers are constantly on the look out for new vulnerabilities and opportunities to exploit an unprotected home computer is an easy target. Today there are more than 60,000 known viruses and hacking attacks are becoming commonplace.

To encourage responsible protection from cyber nasties, Symantec has
provided a list of top tips for safe surfing. As a bonus this Christmas, Symantec is also offering a Paramount movie title to customers purchasing Norton Internet Security 2003, or other selected products from the Norton 2003 range. Customers can choose from a range of move classics, including Grease PG, Top Gun PG, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off PG, Saturday Night Fever MA15+, The Truman Show PG or Ghost M15+.

New Zealand Country Manager for Symantec, Richard Batchelar says Christmas is a peak time for online activity, therefore there is a greater potential for hackers and cyber thieves to take advantage of unprotected online consumers.
“To ensure consumers can continue to enjoy the benefits of the Internet safely, they must fully protect themselves against viruses and hacker activity. Norton Internet Security 2003 not only protects against viruses, but keeps hackers out, protects your private information, filters annoying spam email, and even blocks children from visiting inappropriate web pages,” says Batchelar.

“Many people are not aware that even the apparently harmless animated Christmas card from a friend could in fact be a device that allows hackers to break into their computers and record personal and financial information,” he says.

The Paramount movie offer is valid with purchases of selected Symantec
products through major software resellers until January 13, 2003. For further information visit http://

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


I Sing The Highway Electric: Charge Net NZ To Connect New Zealand

BMW is turning Middle Earth electric after today announcing a substantial contribution to the charging network Charge Net NZ. This landmark partnership will enable Kiwis to drive their electric vehicles (EVs) right across New Zealand through the installation of a fast charging highway stretching from Kaitaia to Invercargill. More>>


Watch This Space: Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Site Officially Opened

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More>>


Marketing Rocks!
Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

A Massey University marketing lecturer has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics for a research project that asked university students to describe the “brand personalities” of three rocks. More>>


Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>


Half A Billion Accounts, Including Xtra: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>


Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news