Symantec has released the 2006 editions of its flagship consumer and small business Norton AntiVirus, Norton Internet Security, and Norton Personal Firewall products, all which now include a security status console that shows not only the Cupertino, Calif.-based vendor's products, but rivals' too.
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Symantec's Protection Center sniffs out all security software, not just Symantec's, to show the user what's secure. While Symantec wouldn't share the list of software it currently recognizes for the Center's display, it did say that both on-the-hard-drive and ISP-based security would be included.

"If the users has an updated version of McAfee on the PC, Protection Center will recognize it as protecting the computer," said Garcia-Manrique.

Also new to Internet Security is an evaluation/remediation tool dubbed Security Inspector that examines the PC's configuration and then corrects inadequate settings in the browser, detects weak passwords, and disables unnecessary Windows services. "We don't call it a vulnerability inspector, because that's not what it does," cautioned Garcia-Manrique, who said that the feature doesn't detect whether a PC's been updated with the latest Microsoft patches, for instance.