Symantec recharges small-business security lineup

Summary:Norton Small Business, intended for companies with fewer than 20 employees, can be used to protect personal computers, smartphones and tablets.

Cybersecurity giant Symantec is adding to its portfolio of SMB technology with Norton Small Business, a product specifically designed for companies with fewer than 20 employees.

It seems strange to imagine that the developer hasn't had this product before.

The big pitch is simplicity: a subscription covers a certain number of devices, up to 20 devices (so that 20-employee number is actually a little deceiving especially since most people are using more than one device these days). Here are some of the things that the service includes:

  • A money-back guaranteed "100 percent virus removal" assurance
  • The Norton Mobile Insight app, which lets you locate and wipe a lost or stolen device
  • Coverage for personal computers, Macintosh systems, Apple iOS smartphones or tablets, and Android mobile gadgets
  • A Web-based management portal for monitoring the settings for protected devices

Pricing starts at $99 per year for up to five devices; $199 for 10; and $399 for 20. Beyond the base level plan, small companies can protect additional computers, smartphones or tablets for $20 per year per device. (There's a prorated fee for anything that isn't covered for the full year.) 

Topics: SMBs


Heather Clancy is an award-winning business journalist specializing in transformative technology and innovation. Her articles have appeared in Entrepreneur, Fortune Small Business, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. In a past corporate life, Heather was editor of Computer Reseller News. She started her journalism lif... Full Bio

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