Norton by Symantec has just released the public beta program for Norton Antivirus 2013, Norton Internet Security 2013, and Norton 360 2013. The beta version of Norton 2013 can be free downloaded at Symantec’s website and comes with a 14-day Beta Subscription Activation Key to assist you in testing. Each key can be renewed once for another 14 days. Over time Norton will release newer builds and you’ll get new keys with those.
Norton 2013 public beta comes with support for Windows 8 and its famous Metro UI. The 2013 interface is similar to the previous edition, but has been optimized for use on touch systems, and security can now be controlled via a Metro app, if you install the beta on on Windows 8 Consumer Preview. The beta version also comes with new Metro App Protection for Windows 8 Metro apps; improved firewall protection system and an “Insight technology” functionality to detect and block malicious network activity, including botnet activity that will attempt to steal personal information; improved SONAR now works in Safe Mode to detect more threats via their behaviour; improved cloud-enabled features such as Norton Identity Safe, online backup, and Norton Management; integrated Norton Power Eraser to eliminate persistent malware threats; and a few other enhancements.
Norton 2013 Beta Products
- Norton AntiVirus 2013 – Norton’s exclusive 4 layer Antivirus Protection System
- Norton Internet Security 2013 – All the protection of Norton AntiVirus + 2 way Firewall + Exclusive identity protection features to keep you safe when you shop, bank or socialize online
- Norton 360 2013 – All the protection of Norton Internet Security + Faster than ever automatic online (2GB included) or local backups + Automatic PC Tuneup to ensure your always running at your best
Download Norton 360 2013, Internet Security 2013, and AntiVirus 2013 Free Beta
If you want to participate in beta testing, simply navigate to Norton Beta Center and select Norton AntiVirus 2013, Internet Security 2013 or Norton 360 2013. After you complete registration, you will be emailed a 14-day Beta Subscription Activation Key to assist you in testing. If you do not receive the email, please check your spam folder or try an alternate email address. Once the Beta Subscription expires, please check back Norton Beta Center for the latest build. You will then be able to download the new build, and receive a new 14-Day Beta Subscription Activation Key. Be sure to use your subscription keys until they expire before using any new keys that you are assigned, so that you can get the most use out of your beta subscriptions. Norton beta testers are encouraged to share feedback and discuss their product experiences in the online Norton Public Beta Forum.
Along with the beta release of Norton 2013, Norton has also announced the beta testing gift: All users testing any Norton 2013 Beta products will receive a 40 percent discount off the full version release! Norton also mentioned that if you have an active subscription you get updates to the new versions for free when it’s released.
As always, remember that the Public Beta builds are Pre-Release Beta builds. Please do not install these products on Production Systems. While we do not anticipate critical failures, Pre-Release Beta Builds MAY malfunction. If you do install on a computer with sensitive information, be sure to make a complete backup of all your important files to prevent the possibility of data-loss. It is highly recommended that you perform a full backup of your computer before installing beta products and that you revert to this backup before installing new builds. Regular back ups are a good thing regardless of whether or not you are using beta software.