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  • How automation could take your skills -- and your job

    Nicholas Carr's essay <em>IT Doesn't Matter</em> in the Harvard Business Review in 2003, and the later book, argued that IT is shifting to a service delivery model comparable to electric utilities. It produced <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2571616/it-management/it-does-so-matter-.html">debate and defensiveness</a> among IT managers over the possibility that they were sliding to irrelevancy. It's a debate that has yet to be settled. But what <em>is</em> clear is that Carr has a talent for raising timely questions, and he has done so again in his latest work <em>The Glass Cage, Automation and Us</em> (W.W. Norton &amp; Co.)

  • Malwarebytes questions poor showing in anti-malware protection-evaluation lab testing

    Dennis Technology Labs (DTL), which tests anti-malware products for effectiveness in protection, for the first time included the free version of the Malwarebytes software in the labs' competitive evaluation along with nine other vendor products, both paid and free. The results published by DTL today reveal Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free had a poor showing, with only Microsoft Security Essentials doing worse in terms of effectiveness of protection.

  • In pictures: Norton Hornets rev up Bathurst

    Norton Hornets drivers James Moffat and Michael Caruso were on hand to present a cheque for $300,000 to men's charity beyondblue during the Bathust 1000. The donation is a result of the sale of Norton 360 Multi-Device boxes sold through Australian retailers since March 2013.

  • McAfee rethinks consumer security service delivery

    McAfee, part of Intel, today announced a profound shift in how it distributes and prices its consumer security products by introducing LiveSafe, a service that combines anti-malware plus a score of other capabilities, such as anti-theft protection and a so-called "safety deposit box" in the cloud that can only be accessed by means of the user's face or voice biometric.

  • In pictures: Norton revs up Melbourne F1

    Team Norton drivers James Moffat and James Caruso took the opportunity to meet with guests of the security software company and Nissan fans during the Melbourne Formula One last weekend. Moffat finished the second race of the V8 supercar challenge in fifth place while Todd Kelly of sister team Jack Daniel’s Racing finished in eighth.

  • Symantec CEO: 'We'll absolutely have a Norton brand'

    Symantec has commenced with a massive reorganization, saying it will end the internal separation that's traditionally been made in security software development done in the Norton consumer division and its enterprise product lines. But that doesn't mean Symantec's Norton brand is going to disappear, according to Symantec CEO Steve Bennett.

  • Norton Utilities adds defragmenter tool, other features

    Symantec's Norton unit today announced an updated version of its Norton Utilities software, adding a way to defragment and organize files and data that's become scattered across a hard drive, enabling quicker startup, file access and more free disk space.

  • Norton Mobile Security (Beta)

    One of the first places people often turn to when searching for antivirus protection for their new computer is Symantec's Norton suite of security tools. The company is now looking to extend that protection beyond the PC to your mobile phone through its Norton Mobile Security app. This app, although currently in beta, adds an extra layer of protection to your phone well above just having a lock screen.