If thereâ€™s one thing that can ruin anybodyâ€™s day, itâ€™s a nasty virus. Thatâ€™s probably why having a decent antivirus on your PC is pretty much standard these days.
Well, if youâ€™re tired of your current one or are just interested in trying out something new, Nortonâ€™s got good news for you. Norton 2013 is out now for everyone to enjoy. And when I say everyone, I mean everyone â€˜cause itâ€™s a free download.
Whatâ€™s the catch?
Itâ€™s just a beta release. So donâ€™t be surprised if you encounter some hiccups along the way, though Iâ€™m sure theyâ€™ve ironed out most of the kinks in this one since it got the green light to go public.
So whatâ€™s there to get excited about with Norton 2013?
Theyâ€™re highlighting three things in this one:
That first bit about Windows 8 Metro apps probably isn’t much of a great come on for many, but the next two should get some heads turning.
Head on over here to take your pick from the different free Norton 2013 beta products available – Norton AntiVirus, Norton Internet Security, or Norton 360 – for your downloading pleasure.
Full press release follows:
Norton 2013 Public Betas Now Available
Betas Deliver Windows 8 Compatibility and New Cloud-based Technologies to Keep Consumers Safe
Today Norton by Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) released the 2013 public betas of the award-winning Norton Internet Security, Norton AntiVirus and Norton 360. Available for free download from the Norton beta website, these products are designed for compatibility with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, in addition to Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP.
With the 2013 betas, Norton continues to leverage the power of the cloud to keep consumers safe in all they do online â€“ whether browsing, socializing or shopping. In addition to delivering core protection via the cloud, the betas now include improved cloud-enabled features such as Norton Management, Norton Identity Safe and online backup, which allow consumers to conveniently manage their security and keep their personal information safe, anywhere, anytime.
The 2013 betas are designed to outperform the award-winning previous versions which already lead the industry in both protection and performance. In addition to delivering best-in-class core security technologies and a seamless user experience, the betas include key enhancements including:
- Metro App Protection â€“ New protection capabilities provide security for consumers using Windows 8 Metro apps.
- Next Generation Firewall Protection â€“ Nortonâ€™s award-winning Insight technology has been incorporated into the Norton firewall to improve the ability to detect and block malicious network activity including botnet activity which attempts to steal consumersâ€™ personal information.
- Bandwidth Monitoring â€“ Increased intelligence and improved integration with the operating system will help consumers avoid costly data overage fees by limiting non-critical updates on bandwidth sensitive networks.
Norton Internet Security, Norton AntiVirus and Norton 360 deliver the industryâ€™s leading PC protection and top-rated performance, and play an integral part in furthering the Norton commitment to protecting consumers across all aspects of their digital lives. All three betas are available for free download now at the Norton Beta Center. Beta testers are encouraged to share feedback and discuss their product experiences in our online Norton Public Beta Forum. For more information about Norton and Windows 8, visit http://us.norton.com/windows8/promo.
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