For Symantec and McAfee, ‘Arms Race’ for Security

The two leading makers of computer security software, Symantec and McAfee, are like preachers who conduct dueling tent revivals.They boast and frighten and denounce each other while trying to convince the crowd that their particular brand of salvation will ward off the devil — in this case, malicious e-mail viruses and evil Internet worms.The stakes are huge: millions of global followers willing to donate a steady sum every year for protection against online threats.

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