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Symantec Press Publishes Own Your Space to Help Teens Stay Safe Online

CUPERTINO, Calif. – Nov. 9, 2006 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced Own Your Space published by Symantec Press, part of Addison-Wesley Professional Publishing, which features books focused on information security by authors from Symantec and throughout the industry. Author Linda McCarthy, executive security advisor, Office of the CTO at Symantec Corp., provides a straightforward, understandable guide for parents, teens, educators, and children's advocates on how to use the Internet safely for everything from simple tasks to the latest trends attracting teens. The book, currently available for purchase online today, will be available in stores on Monday. A portion of the proceeds from this book have been designated by the author for nonprofit work to educate teens about Internet security.

With social networking sites and innovative new Web services intriguing young Internet users daily, engaging on the Internet requires knowledge, protection, and precaution. Own Your Space provides information on the types of threats teens potentially face online and an education about the tools required to safely use the Internet. Real-life scenarios and use of the anime imagery will resonate with teens. The book will provide parents with discussion opportunities with their teenagers on the need for individual responsibility and caution while surfing online. The book will also include a free trial copy of Norton Internet Security 2007, which includes anti-phising and rootkit detection, to provide up-to-date protection for users' computers.

"All family members – especially teenagers – face a broad range of risks when they connect to the Internet, including maintaining the privacy of their personal information and their computer's usability and performance," said McCarthy. "The Internet opens huge opportunities for communication, sharing information, along with commerce and learning, but it also brings along significant risks. We want to arm families with the information needed to prevent them from possibly becoming victims of cyber crime."

In the book, readers will find simple explanations and helpful illustrations on how to keep their computers free of threats such as spyware, worms, viruses, spam, and intruders. Additionally, readers of the book will learn how to use e-mail and browse the Web in ways that safeguard their identity and privacy. Lastly, the book also offers steps to keep teens and children safe from online predators and how to filter unwanted content such as pornography.

Own Your Space (Addison-Wesley, ISBN 0-321-42642-8, $19.99) is the sixth book published by Symantec Press. The book will be available for purchase on along with mass retail chains and bookstores. Information for the book and additional information on other books scheduled to be published by Symantec Press can be found at

About the Author

McCarthy is an architect in the office of the CTO at Symantec. McCarthy has been in the security field for more than a decade, and was hired by companies to conduct penetration tests to discover system vulnerabilities and demonstrate to executives how easy it is to break into their networks. McCarthy has published seven books on computer security, and is the author of IT Security: Risking the Corporation. McCarthy also received the Woman of Influence Award in 2004 from CSO magazine and EWF for computer security, a prestigious award given annually to only four women in the world.

About Addison-Wesley Professional

Addison-Wesley Professional is the leading publisher of high-quality and timely information for programmers, developers, and system administrators. The company's mission is to provide educational materials concerning new technologies and new approaches to current technologies written by leading authorities. Addison-Wesley Professional is a division of Pearson Education, the global leader in integrated education publishing. Pearson Education is part of Pearson plc (NYSE: PSO), the international media company. Visit us at

About Symantec

Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in 40 countries. More information is available at

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