Beta Security Suite From Norton

  • More than a trillion file ratings
  • New protection map
  • Identifies programs that cause slowdowns

Symantec has announced availability of the public beta of Norton 360 version 5.0, an award-winning all-in-one security suite.

Norton 360 beta incorporates the security protection found in Norton Internet Security 2011, including the latest generation of the Norton reputation-based security technology.  Norton products leverage this to check specific attributes of downloaded files to identify and stop new malicious programs, no matter which browser, instant messenger or file sharing program you use.

Since its launch last year, more than one trillion file reputation ratings have been served by this powerful technology, claims Norton.

Additional security features that help deliver protection include Download Insight 2.0, which checks every download file for malware before it is allowed to run using the latest-generation reputation system and SONAR 3, which provides true “zero-day” protection against new and emerging threats designed to evade other security features.  Also in Norton 360 beta is System Insight 2.0, with new Proactive Performance Alerts that identify programs that overuse system resources and cause PC slowdowns.

In addition to providing core security, Norton 360 beta includes identity protection, automatic backup and PC tuneup features. There is antiphishing technology, Identity Safe protection, and Norton Safe Web site ratings. Norton 360 beta also offers the ability to backup important files or photos online and  restore or access them from anywhere on the Web.  PC tuneup technology is designed to improve computer performance so users can spend more time doing what they want, and less time waiting for their computer to boot up or for applications to load. 

New this year is the Norton Protection Map, which provides up-to-the minute information about the newest threats Norton has identified and is protecting its users against.

The beta is available for free public download now at:  Norton beta testers are encouraged to share feedback and discuss their product experiences in our Norton Public Beta Forum.