Norton 2013 to support Windows 8

Norton's latest betas will work with Windows 8, and it's boosted its firewall in the hopes of making them work better against botnets.

(Credit: Symantec)

Better firewall technology, smarter bandwidth monitoring, and Windows 8 compatibility are the hallmarks of the latest Norton betas, now available for download.

The Norton AntiVirus 2013 beta, Norton Internet Security 2013 beta, and Norton 360 v7 beta all include support for Windows 8, though the company has yet to reveal what the specific Windows 8 enhancements are. Savvy Symantec observers will note that Norton 360, usually a first-quarter release, has been moved to the company's fall schedule.

Norton has updated its firewall, too, so that it uses the suite's Insight analysis technology to detect and block suspicious Internet traffic coming from your computer that could be a hidden botnet.

Finally, Symantec has improved Norton's bandwidth monitoring, a growing necessity as Internet service providers expand and tighten data caps.

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