IT Security company Symantec released the Norton 2013 Beta version with support for Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
Secure Your Windows 8 With Norton 2013
Symantec released the Norton 2013 Beta security software suite with support for Windows 8 Consumer Preview build. This beta release of Norton 2013 includes the Norton Antivirus, Norton Internet Security and Norton 360 applications.
Symantec has become of the latest software vendors to distribute beta versions of their products for Windows 8 Consumer Preview. They cannot release full release version yet before Microsoft finalizes Windows 8 and creates the final Commercial Release build for the OS.
This new release of course brings in a lot of new developments for the application but the most noticeable changes are in the interface, which has gone through significant changes to accommodate touch-based use on Windows 8. There are also Metro-based apps that will show up if the software is installed on Windows 8. There’s also hardware based acceleration for all apps, making them respond faster.
The smaller and less obvious updates have been made to the likes of Insight file reputation database that will now see updates more frequently. Insight and its database have also been added to the Firewall to “improve the ability to detect and block malicious network activity”. Additionally, the Sonar feature will monitor application behavior when you are working in Safe Mode. It also works with Windows 8 Early Launch Anti-Malware scheme , which means Norton low-level drivers will kick in before anything else boots, providing protection even at boot level where the computer is most vulnerable.
The 2013 package also has a nice little feature that downloads and installs the Norton Power Eraser utility during the install process. This means you will not have to hunt for it manually, download it and set it up when you need to use it. It will already be there, waiting to get out and root out all the remaining germs.
Amongst other features is “Bandwidth monitoring”, which controls how much Internet access Norton will allow itself. This can come in handy when you are trying to save some bandwidth.
Please remember that this software is still in Beta and has bugs to be taken care of. So use with caution and always have backup.