Symantec today announced availability of the public beta of Norton 360 version 5.0, an all-in-one security suite.
Norton 360 beta incorporates the powerful security protection found in Norton Internet Security 2011, including the latest generation of the Norton reputation-based security technology, Norton Insight 2.0. Norton Insight instantly checks when and where programs originated to identify and stop completely new malicious programs faster than ever, 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. Norton is so effective that in a third-party test by Dennis Labs, it ranked first in real world threat detection and was the only vendor to achieve a remarkable 100 percent protection score, marking its second year in a row to secure this distinction.
Additional security features that help deliver Norton’s award-winning 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 to give computer users comprehensive, automated protection for their PC in a simple set-it-and-forget-it package. Consumers can feel safer shopping and banking online with 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.
Norton 360 beta’s new user interface organizes settings, security controls, and information about a computer’s protection and performance status in one simple redesigned screen. 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. This map brings to life the fact that cybercrime is happening right now, all around the world, reminding users that they need to be diligent about online safety. The new user interface also includes one-click access to Norton Online Family, a family safety service, and Norton Safe Web, which warns if a website is unsafe before clicking on it.
The beta is available for free public download now at: www.norton.com/n360v5beta. Norton beta testers are encouraged to share feedback and discuss their product experiences in our Norton Public Beta Forum.