Norton wins Product of the Year

2012-01-27 12:26

Cape Town - Norton has won product of the year at the Product of the Year awards that recognises innovation in consumer goods.

Norton Internet Security 2012 won Product of the Year in the Computer Protection Category.

"Norton is delighted to win Product of the Year, an award which reflects the choice of the people," said Kara Rawden, senior marketing manager for the Middle East and Africa, at the Consumer Business Unit, Symantec.

Cybercrime is a growing problem complicated by a global internet, yet with different laws in geographic boundaries.

In September 2011, Microsoft took down a network linked to spam, stock scams, and sexual exploitation of children.

It sued the Czech resident Dominique Alexander Piatti who owned the domain used to operate the botnet.

The UK faces a "disturbing" number of cyber attacks, the country's spy agency said.

"The volume of e-crime and attacks on government and industry systems continue to be disturbing," Iain Lobban, director of the Government Communications Headquarters wrote in an article for the Times newspaper.

"With eight in ten adults (84%), in South Africa having been a victim of cybercrime in their lifetime, the best defence and the greatest way to protect oneself, is to utilise up-to-date, comprehensive security software such as Norton Internet Security 2012," Rawden said.

Product of the Year is open to all consumer products launched, re-launched or innovatively reformulated in South Africa over the past 18 months. Products should demonstrate innovation in one or more areas, whether in design, function, packaging or other aspects.

  • Godfrey - 2012-01-27 12:58

    Obviously pcAnywhere did not make the grade.

      Michael - 2012-01-27 15:06

      Haha! Nice one.

      njglen - 2012-01-28 03:14

      That was PCAnywhere version 2006, mind you. It was rubbish anyway. But Norton Internet Security 2012 has come a long way, I use it over the many "free" AV apps out there. It doesn't slow my machine and does catch most spyware.

      noel.opperman - 2012-01-28 03:46

      hehehe, yeah.

      rbczovczov - 2012-01-28 07:25

      The whole Anti-Virus industry sounds fishy to me. I suspect they make and release some of these viruses themselves and offer to sell us the antidote.

  • dominique.dhotman - 2012-01-27 12:59


  • bobby.mykonos - 2012-01-27 13:24

    "Norton has won product of the year at the Product of the Year awards that recognises innovation in consumer goods" I won Husband of the Year at the Husband of the Year Awards that were held at my house recently.

  • J-Man - 2012-01-27 13:59

    Norton sucks. End of.

  • logancyoung - 2012-01-27 14:11

    This is why we can't have nice things...

  • Peter - 2012-01-27 14:35

    I found Bitdefender even better than Norton When I changed over, bitdefender found 14 viruses that Norton missed

      sosm1 - 2012-01-27 15:41

      "Different strokes for different folks"..I changed from Bitdefender after using it for 3-4 years into Norton two years back because Bitdefender was slowing my pc by using too much memory! Norton is awesome...

  • JNaMolefe - 2012-01-27 14:51

    Won, yes but i hate it because of yearly subscriber! I hate it....

      Mark - 2012-01-27 15:32

      Give ESET a try! They offer free local technical support and a far superior product!

      njglen - 2012-01-28 03:17

      The free versions are pretty useless to be honest, take my word for it, you better off paying for Norton or a similar product like Trend. I work in a senior role in IT in a bank and you cannot be too careful.

  • brandon.bester - 2012-01-27 15:12


  • jamesbond - 2012-01-27 15:12

    what a joke . i wonder who got me their products are not up to much.

      Mark - 2012-01-27 15:33

      They paid a hefty sum of their subscribers money to win this award clearly!

  • Mark - 2012-01-27 15:30

    Well clearly anyone can win if you have R190,000.00 laying around These awards are a load of rubbish!

  • Pietertjie - 2012-01-27 15:39

    Get an Apple computer: then you do not need any antivirus software !!!!

      brandon.bester - 2012-01-27 15:54

      Hmmm, not too sure Pietertjie. Surely as Macs become more pervasive there will be more incentive for malware coders and cybercriminals to target Macs? Personally, I wouldn't feel comfortable browsing on any device that doesn't have some form of endpoint protection (including my mobile)....

      Pietertjie - 2012-01-27 17:15

      Brandon.Bester: If you had Mac you would know different. You see, even Apple advise you not to get antivirus program. My family has 6. No problems for years. Reason: Apple has open source technology, not like Microsoft. So the cyber-terrorists like them, and hate Microsoft. So they do not write viruses. Try them. Its the best move you can make.

      piet.strydom - 2012-01-27 21:58

      Apple open source!!! Try the other leg boet...

      Mark Milligan - 2012-01-28 08:32

      You still need an anti virus. Even Apple recommends it.

      brandon.bester - 2012-01-30 08:47

      @Pietertjie... I do have a Mac :-) I didn't realise that "cyber-terrorists" were selfless enough to forgo an easy target (and monetary gain), just because they "like Apple". Your profile pic seems far more appropriate now that I've heard your reasoning :-)

  • Michael - 2012-01-27 17:41

    AVAST anti virus - its free and works for domestic and small businesses. Been using it for years ....

  • Ian - 2012-01-27 17:46

    Absolutely ridiculous. Norton is invasive and used as a means of staff control. It is not the peoples choice, where do they get that information? Based on copies sold? Corporate's outnumber the home user by many. And 8 out of 10 people affected by cyber crime? Rubbish..

  • janalbert.vandenberg - 2012-01-27 17:55

    This just goes to show how people can delude themselves into thinking they are OH SO GREAT when really they are complacent. I really wonder who pats whom on the shoulder and why and how this whole enterprise study is performed because somewhere I smell a rat. A horrible, old, dead, stinking rat.

  • piet.strydom - 2012-01-27 19:27

    OK, so who else participated? Colgate Toothpaste?

      pws69 - 2012-01-28 06:43

      Exactly. And the winner is...... The company with the biggest advertising budget, who bundles their product with the most PC's. Check out AV comparatives for the TRUE winner of best AV.

  • rcane3 - 2012-01-28 08:24

    I am really surprised as how many times have Nortons software code been hacked and altered. I mean really. I am a full on Sophos fan and will never change!

  • sycomachinery - 2012-01-28 14:26

    Nobody with half a brain would ever buy a product from them, just goes to show what idiots actually give these so called rewards

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