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Norton readying iPad app to access online backup services

updated 10:50 pm EST, Thu February 18, 2010

Beta not promising iPad any security protections

Symantec has released details of its upcoming Norton 360 app for the iPad. The service allows users to back-up data online, including documents, music, photos and videos. Users will be able to access the data and share it with others via URL links. Norton has yet to confirm if users will be able to play video, view photos or listen to music directly from the app interface. The utility also appears to lack protection tools for viruses or other security threats.

Norton 360 software is limited to Windows machines at this time, costing $80 for a standard edition with 2GB of online backup. A premium edition can be purchased for $100 and includes 25GB of online storage. Norton expects its first beta of the iPad app to appear within the next few weeks on the iTunes App Store.

by MacNN Staff



  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    A Norton App that WON'T trash your OS... picture that!

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why would I want this?

    I have time machine.

  1. l008com

    Joined: Dec 1969



    For when your computer just needs to crash more often.

  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Don't Approve

    I hope Apple doesn't approve this thing. Norton's apps do more harm than good on Apple hardware.

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Safety Zone?

    If there's anything Windows users seem to learn about computing, it's that it's unstable, unsafe and scary. And you certainly can't handle it yourself.

    I've had a hard time convincing otherwise intelligent switchers or soon to be switchers that dealing with Macs is fairly trouble-free. If the iPad user experience is anything like that of my iPod touch, it'll be even less intrusive. and easier to deal with. Imagine how frightening that'll be... until they get used to it.

    Maybe Norton will make WinDorks feel more comfy. There's nothing quite like companies sponging off customers' fear.

  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A device without Norton software... like a chocolate cake without mustard.

    Symantec's security software is IMHO worse than the malware from which it allegedly provides protection. When I work on the Windows machines of friends and relatives, the -first- thing I do is uninstall any Symantec c*** I find, and replace it with Avast or, lately, Microsoft Security Essentials.

    Symantec's chief product is FUD, not software.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Why would I want this?

    I have time machine.

    Well, first, you need to know what it is. All time machine does is back up to an external disk. This syncs data to an online location and allows you to share it with others and access it from anywhere (your iPad, Mac, etc).

    For an Apple product, it would come closer to .Mac than Time Machine, although .Mac doesn't give you an easy way to access your public content from your iPhone (the app for that only accesses your private folders, but the public ones, like Sites or Web, aren't available). And no easy way to get a URL to pass to another.

    This is most like DropBox, though (which would be better if you could backup any set of directories and files, not just a 'special' folder).

    However, it is a Norton product, so just stay away.

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