Symantec Announces Norton Zone File Sharing Service for Consumers
Symantec has just announced Norton Zone, a secure file sharing service (that uses ‘government-grade encryption’) that lets users share their photos, videos, and documents from any of their computers, smartphones, or tablets (be it a PC or Mac, an iOS or Android device). And the app for each platform is designed to take advantage of the device’s unique technology and security advantages. According to Symantec, data on Norton Zone are stored in secure data centers, and is automatically backed up and replicated in a secured cloud to provide additional protection. A free, limited public beta (in US English only at the moment) can be obtained at www.nortonzone.com, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A Norton Account is required.
Key features in this beta include:
- Always have the latest files on-hand - The moment a file or folder is added or changed in Norton Zone, all users granted access will automatically see that change on all of their devices, so everyone always has the most up-to-date version at hand. The free beta version of Norton Zone also keeps track of all versions of the same file for a span of 90 days.
- Easily and securely share files and folders - Individuals can share photos, videos and other information uploaded to Norton Zone by simply emailing a link, without ever worrying about size limitations. They can also provide other Norton Zone users with shared access to files and entire folders, perfect for collaborating on a project or staying in touch with friends and family. All files are scanned for viruses and malware before being shared.
- Post photos and videos to Facebook - Users can easily post Norton Zone links to photos and videos on Facebook, which they can also disable anytime. Users can also control how long or how many times a file can be accessed via link sharing.
The full-featured version of Norton Zone is slated to be released in the U.S. in 2013.