Update: The beta versions of Norton Internet Security 2011 and Norton AntiVirus 2011 are no longer available. You may download trial versions of the latest Norton security products from the official website.
Security companies like Symantec or Kaspersky release new versions of their products each year.
Norton is now offering beta versions of their upcoming security applications Norton Internet Security 2011 and Norton AntiVirus 2011 that can be downloaded directly from the Norton Beta Center.
A registration is required before the programs can be activated on the local computer system.
The activation key will only work for a 14-day period and beta testers are required to download a newer build of the product to receive a new beta subscription key.
Here are some of the new features that have been integrated into Norton Internet Security 2011:
Performance Monitoring is new for 2011. It provides informative alerting based on application performance. If an application is using too much CPU, Memory, writing too much to Disk, or using too many Handles, we’ll alert and let you know who the culprit is. We’ll provide information by way of a notification alert, Application Card, and Security History logging.
Download Intelligence 2.0
Download Intelligence was introduced for Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox in the Norton 2010 products. This year we have added support for many other applications (or "portals") which are used for downloading.
Reputation Scan is a new feature for Holmes. Reputation Scan expands upon the File Insight and Norton Insight features in the NIS/NAV 2010 product. Reputation Scan extends that by allowing the user to collect reputation information for files in any user specified directory.
Norton Bootable Recovery Tool Wizard
This new feature will create an up-to-date bootable tool which will allow you to scan your computer outside of the Windows Operating System. You can use the wizard to make a boot disk on CD, DVD, or even on a USB (for computers that support booting on USB devices).
The beta is only available in select countries. Users from South Africa or India for instance will not be able to participate in the beta testing.
Let us know about your impression of the new versions of Norton Internet Security and Norton AntiVirus 2011 if you have decided to participate in the beta test.
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