Norton by Symantec has released the 2012 beta versions of the award-winning Norton AntiVirus and Norton Internet Security, which are now available for free download from the Norton beta website. The Norton 2012 betas improve on performance and protection in what are already the industry’s fastest and lightest security products. They include key security enhancements, including the ability to assess the safety and stability of an application before installation.

When it comes to purchasing a paid security software licence for a home PC, it always pays to go for established brands that have been in the market for a long time, and for good reason. After all, the fact that a security software vendor can maintain its presence in the market for such a long period of time almost always means that it has to be doing something right in order to stay in this line of business.

Needless to say, security software vendors are also required to keep their programs and security protocols up to date in order to best protect users from the constantly evolving nature of security threats that lurk in cyberspace. And this is what Norton by Symantec has done today with the release of the public beta for the 2012 version of two of its security softwares: Norton AntiVirus and Norton Internet Security.

In a press release issued by the company, Symantec claims that the 2012 betas boasts improvements in performance and protection levels "in what are already the industry’s fastest and lightest security products". In addition, the company has revealed that various features and tools previously available in the 2011 versions of the company's security software products have been updated to to further enhance the user experience of the 2012 versions of its security software. Examples of such features include the reputation-based security technology Insight 3.0, while the new version of Download Insight is now capable of providing users "with additional data they can rely on before installing an application". The SONAR behavioral protection system has also been updated to version 4; this version allows for the monitoring of "running applications for suspicious behavior to quickly detect and disable previously unknown threats".   

In addition, the public beta of Norton Internet Security 2012 reportedly features a revamped Norton Identity Safe that boasts a streamlined interface, along with improved login and form detection technology, and the capability to store passwords in the cloud so they are accessible from any computer with Norton 360 or Norton Internet Security installed. Both 2012 betas enable consumers to conserve bandwidth by postponing non-critical Norton activity to a later time, particularly useful for consumers with limited data plans.   

Last but definitely not least, both 2012 betas include an updated user interface, which offers quick access to the Norton Cybercrime Index, alerting consumers to online trouble-spots and potential hazards, including the day’s most dangerous websites, the most hijacked search terms by cybercriminals, as well as top scams, identity theft and spam. The free tool includes expert news about the most dangerous threat of the day and advice on how to stay safe online. 

The minium system requirements to be met should one be interested in giving the public betas of Norton AntiVirus 2012 and Norton Internet Security 2012 are as follow:

Norton Antivirus 2012

Norton Internet Security 2012


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