Norton 360 checks the Web's rep to keep you safe from viruses

Today Norton has announced a new version of its Internet protection suite, Norton 360 v4, which includes antivirus protection, smart startup, online backup and uses reputation to keep you safe from malicious websites and enjoying your computer.

As we discussed in our look at SafeCentral, protecting against viruses is difficult because new threats come up every day. While Norton hasn't gotten to the point that it has an emergency response team breaking down the doors of hackers, it is building a rep of keeping your computer safe by letting Norton 360 users rate the reputation of websites and threats. Since it has added reputation, the new tool has blocked a previously hidden threat for one out of two users and has had more than 177 billion reputation rankings since September.