Monday, January 30, 2012

Symantec OKs using pcAnywhere again, hands out free upgrades

Professor Farnsworth says, "Good news, everyone!"“Good news, everyone!”

Symantec says that it’s now safe to use pcAnywhere and is offering all pcAnywhere customers a free upgrade to the most recent version, 12.5.

It was only five days ago that Symantec was urging users to disable pcAnywhere or use it only for “business-critical purposes” following the discovery that hackers had stolen the source code for several Symantec products, including pcAnywhere, during a server breach back in 2006.

Today, Brian Modena, a spokesperson for Symantec, told Reuters that the company had determined that it’s safe for users to use the current version of pcAnywhere 12.5, as long as it’s been updated with a security patch that was released on January 23rd.

Symantec pcAnywhereModena added that versions 12.0 and 12.1 were also safe to use if a second update that was released on January 27th is downloaded and installed.

Users should verify that they're running one of the versions that have received the green-light from Symantec and double-check that the proper updates are installed.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Symantec by sending an email to

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