Symantec, Yahoo team up on security

Partnership, slated to be announced on Tuesday, will include new security products.

Joris Evers Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Joris Evers covers security.
Joris Evers
Symantec and Yahoo plan to announce on Tuesday a partnership designed to improve online security for consumers.

The arrangement between the two companies will include "some new security offerings," according to an e-mail sent to reporters by Yahoo public-relations representatives on Monday. Yahoo and Symantec officials declined further comment.

News of the new tie-up comes shortly after Yahoo rival AOL started testing a new security offering, dubbed Total Care, which it created largely in partnership with Symantec foe McAfee.

Yahoo and Symantec have a history of working together on products such as antivirus scanning for Yahoo's Web-based e-mail service. However, users of the AT&T Yahoo Internet access service are currently offered security software in partnership with CA.

Symantec has many partnerships to get its products onto consumer PCs. These include a deal with Google to bundle a trial version of Symantec's Norton AntiVirus 2005 Special Edition with Google Pack and an arrangement with Adobe Systems to advertise Norton alongside Adobe Acrobat Reader downloads.