Vulnerability Protection

Vulnerability Protection feature helps you in detecting and preventing Intrusions through the Internet. Vulnerability Protection provides information about the susceptibility of the programs that may be on your Mac against malicious attacks. It also provides information about the known attacks.

Vulnerabilities are flaws in your programs or your operating system that can create weaknesses in the overall security of your Mac. Improper Mac configurations or security configurations also create vulnerabilities. External attackers exploit these vulnerabilities and perform malicious actions on your Mac. Examples of such malicious attacks are active desktop monitoring, keylogging, and hacking. Such attacks can slow down the performance of your Mac, cause program failure, or expose your personal data and confidential information to the hackers.

Your Norton product provides the signature-based solutions to protect your Mac from the most common Internet attacks. Attack signatures contain the information that identifies an attacker's attempt to exploit a known vulnerability in your operating system or your Mac programs. The Intrusion Prevention feature of your Norton product uses an extensive list of attack signatures to detect and block suspicious network activity.

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DOCID: v54276734_nsmac_retail_en_us
Operating System: Mac OS X
Last modified: 09/01/2017