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Norton Security 2016 with Windows 10 compatibility released, get a 28 day trial version now
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Norton Security 2016 with Windows 10 compatibility released, get a 28 day trial version now

by AshwinJune 15, 2015

Symantec, the security company which owns Norton Security products, has announced that it has updated its upcoming version.

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And Norton Security 2016, is finally ready for Windows 10.

Here is how you can get a trial version of Norton Security 2016:

Register for the Norton Security 2016 Beta here. Fill up the forms by providing your valid email address, after which you will be taken to a page with a link to download the Norton Security Beta Download Manager.

It is a 1 MB file called NSBetaDownloader.exe, double clicking on which will initiate the download of the setup file of Norton Security Beta.The setup file is just over 127 MB in size and will be saved to this folder, C:\Users\Public\Downloads\Norton\.

Let it download in the background, and go back to your browser. Login to the email account which you used to register for the Beta program.

You will get an email from Norton (Symantec), which contains a license code. This license is valid for 14-days. BetaNews says that you can get one more of the same, after the trial period is over.

Now run the installer for Norton Security 2016:

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During the installation process, you will be required to sign in to your Norton account, if you don’t have one, you can create a new account for free, right within the installation window. Just fill up the fields for email and password, and ignore the rest in the sign up window.

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Next, you will be required to enter the product key, which you received in your email. Copy and paste it in to the box and click on the “next” button. Norton will validate the key.

You can see the validity period on the bottom left corner of Norton Security’s UI, and the account information on top of the UI.

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Quick review of Norton Security 2016 with Windows 10 compatibility:

There aren’t many changes in the UI, and it resembles the 2015 interface.

There are five tabs in the main UI:

  • Security -Run Scans, Live Update, History and Advanced options.
  • Identity – Safe Web, Antiphishing, Identity Safe, Norton Toolbar, Identity Settings, Statistics and Password Generator.
  • Backup – Run Backup, Restore Files, and Backup Sets.
  • Performance – Optimize Disk, File Cleanup, Start up and Manager.
  • More Norton – This tab just says “Coming Soon”, which is a clear indication of being in Beta phase.

Annoyingly enough, clicking on the Norton LiveUpdate initiated an update for its database, which was a further 55 MB to download.

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Norton Security 2016 will also install browser extensions in Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. You will be required to restart Firefox after installing the add-on.

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This is the toolbar which will be installed, and includes options for Norton Safe Search, and Norton Safe Share. You can also bring up the Norton Identity Safe, a password manager.

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And when you open the Firefox add-ons page, you will be greeted by a pop-up from Norton to setup Norton Identity Safe.

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It is worth noting that the Identity Safe is an independent app, which runs outside the browser. But it will only work if you have the Norton toolbar installed.

Clicking on the settings button (with the gear icon) in the main UI, will bring up the Quick Settings screen.

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You can enable and disable the various modules of Norton Security 2016  from this page.

The performance of Norton Security 2016 seems good enough, and I did not experience any major issues during my testing process. I even ran a quick scan while using several apps and did not experience a single stutter.

On a side note, Kaspersky has also announced that it will be updating its security products to be Windows 10 ready soon.

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