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Staying Secure on Starbucks’ New Digital Network

October 21, 2010

CULVER CITY, Calif., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ —


                 With the exciting announcement that "The Starbucks Digital
                 Network" is launching in all 6,800 company-operated U.S.
                 stores, providing Starbucks customers with a wide array of
                 great, premium online content - for free! - Norton wants
                 to take the opportunity to provide consumers with some
                 basic tips on how to stay safe when using all Wi-Fi
    WHAT/WHY:    networks.

                 "While Wi-Fi networks are a great resource when you're
                 away from home, they inherently can carry some risks as
                 well," says Marian Merritt, Norton's Internet Safety
                 Advocate. "Use some common sense and don't just hop on a
                 network with a strong signal. Find out which one is
                 actually coming from the coffee shop or airport lounge
                 you're sitting in.  With a little extra precaution, you'll
                 avoid so-called 'evil twin' networks that trick travelers
                 into connecting to unknown networks."

                 "You should also avoid banking, shopping or updating your
                 investment strategy until you're back at home," advises
                 Merritt.

                 Norton experts are on-hand to share tips with your
                 audience about how they can stay safe when connecting to
    EXPERTS:     the Internet on-the-go, including:

                 1.  Pay attention to your surroundings -Remember, if you
                 can read his newspaper, the guy sitting next to you can
                 also read your laptop screen! Just because you're in your
                 "home away from home," doesn't mean you're not still in
                 public.  Use a privacy screen for extra security
                 2.  Beware of "Evil Twins" - Some Wi-Fi networks can
                 appear to be legitimate, but are NOT. Criminals can create
                 "dummy" networks or websites that contain the name of the
                 establishment you're in, but actually will direct your
                 information to their own computer. If you always use the
                 access keys provided by the business, you'll be protected
                 3.  Always assume your Wi-Fi connections are being
                 eavesdropped on - Never enter sensitive data (bank
                 account information, social security numbers, etc.) when
                 browsing the Web via a public Wi-Fi network
                 4.  Set any Bluetooth devices to "hidden," not
                 "discoverable" -If you do not use the Bluetooth function,
                 turn it off altogether
                 5.  Keep your security software current and active -
                 Remember: No matter where you're connected, PCs are
                 vulnerable to the same viruses, Trojans, and worms as your
                 home computer. Use a trusted security product like Norton
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                 Interviews with Norton security experts available upon
    WHEN:        request

    CONTACT:    Gerritt Hoekman
                Edelman for Norton
                323-202-1895
                Gerritt.Hoekman@Edelman.com

SOURCE Norton


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