Netscape made the latest beta of Communicator--preview release 3--available to its DevEdge members this week. A public beta will be posted to the Netscape Web site next week. The latest revision to the oft-delayed suite, focuses on security enhancements in an attempt to avoid the recent embarrassments suffered by Microsoft. New security features include:
- Support for Secure Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (SMIME) messaging encryption.
- Support for the object-signing model in the Java Development Kit (JDK)1.1.
- An extension to the Java security "sandbox," which lets Java applets access information from a computer's file system but first alerts the user.
- A "security advisor" for managing passwords.