Only a few months since Norton AntiVirus and Internet Security 2011 were released, Symantec has released the 2012 product range to public beta.
The core Norton Internet Security 2012 process required only a little under 14MB of RAM (Private Working Set) on a test PC. The suite get you "on-demand antivirus scanning, strong real-time protection, a very configurable firewall, phishing protection, password management, accurate spam filtering" and a whole lot more.
New features this time around include full Google Chrome support, and so if you launch Chrome, Norton's Safe Web will add safety ratings for each link in your search engine results, and you'll be able to use Norton Identity Safe to manage your passwords, fill forms and more.
Identity Safe also works in Internet Explorer and Firefox, and new support for storing your data in the secure Norton cloud means you'll be able to manage and access your logons and passwords from multiple computers.
Scanning improvements start with Symantec abandoned Windows task scheduler, with its own, now you can schedule tasks to run when your PC is idle, as well as at fixed times. SONAR technology now able to classify processes as malware based on a much wider range of criteria, helping users to block new threats quicker than ever.
Download Insight 2.0 now monitors the stability of programs, as well as their trustworthiness. And so if you're downloading an app that regularly crashes (according to other Norton users), then you can be warned in advance.
Enhanced performance features include the ability to restrict NIS 2012's use of bandwidth. If you're on a slow wireless connection, say (or on expensive mobile broadband plan), then in a few clicks you can tell the program to go online for critical updates only, or block them altogether.
If you run into any problems with either AntiVirus or NIS 2012, then a new Autofix feature may be able to help. Just click Support > Get Support and the system will scan your system for installation or configuration issues, automatically fixing anything that it recognises.