Just three short years ago, the announcement of a new Norton product would have been met with a "big whoop" from the enthusiast community. Some of you might still feel that way, but take it from us, Symantec seriously stepped up its game starting with the 2009 releases, and Norton has been faring well in our annual antivirus roundups ever since, including a 9 verdict awarded to Norton Internet Security 2011. If you want to see what's in store for next year's release, Symantec just made available Norton Internet Security and Norton Antivirus 2012 in beta form.
"As we’ve proven year after year, we are committed to arming consumers against cybercrime with the strongest protection possible, without slowing down their computers," said Jens Meggers, vice president of engineering, for Norton products. "For the Norton 2012 release, our aim is to continue to raise the bar for both protection and performance."
The betas include Insight 3.0, the latest version of Norton's reputation-based security technology. Also updated is Download Insight, which checks every downloaded file for safety before it is allowed to run. In the 2012 release, Download Insight includes information that lets users know if a downloaded app is likely to cause stability issues, too.
Symantec revamped its Norton Identity Safe module with a streamlined interface, improved login and form detection technology, and the capability to store passwords in the cloud so they can be access from any computer with Norton 360, NIS installed.