ESET unveils new improvements to security solutions for home users
The latest edition provides enhanced protection, multiplatform compatibility and a new layer of machine learning detection for home users.
The latest version of ESET NOD32 Antivirus, ESET Internet Security and ESET Smart Security Premium, which offers a varied scope of multiplatform integration, advanced machine learning, an improved password manager and secure data encryption, is being released today.
The new upgrades reflect the global need for home users to be better protected in an increasingly connected world. As given in one report, we can expect to see an increase of 28.5 billion more devices and connections worldwide by 2022.
“The surging numbers of Internet-connected devices present a tantalising opportunity for hackers to exploit,” says Carey van Vlaanderen, CEO at ESET South Africa. “Home users are at risk of falling victim to cybercrime without security products that can consistently confront hackers’ attempts at every level. That’s what ESET aims to do with this new edition of our home security products: to give home users peace of mind, knowing that over 30 years of security intelligence is at work actively protecting their devices against the hackers of today.”
In addition to protection, ESET’s home solutions have also demonstrated results in terms of low system footprint and high performance.
AV-Comparatives has awarded ESET Internet Security with five consecutive Advanced+ awards for high performance since May 2017.
The latest edition of ESET’s offer for home users includes a host of new features and improvements:
- New Multiplatform Compatibility: ESET Internet Security (EIS), ESET Smart Security Premium (ESSP), and ESET Cyber Security Pro (ECSP) product licences are now compatible across platforms. So, customers who purchase a licence for EIS, ESSP or ECSP can now use the same licence to protect their other Windows, Mac, Linux and Android devices with solutions such as ESET Mobile Security for Android, ESET Parental Control for Android and ESET Smart TV Security.
- New Advanced Machine Learning Layer: Machine learning employs a wide variety of algorithms to correctly classify samples as clean, malicious or potentially unwanted. Thus, by adding a machine learning layer to home solutions, users are better protected against never-before-seen or zero-day cyber threats.
- Improved Host-based Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS): HIPS conducts an advanced behavioural analysis and detection procedure of running processes, files and registry keys. The current improvement further strengthens the existing detection capabilities of HIPS.
- Improved Anti-Phishing: Anti-phishing technology protects end-users from malicious emails, links and attachments. The current improvement provides protection against homoglyph attacks, where the attacker tries to fool end-users by replacing characters in addresses with look-alike characters in order to impersonate legitimate addresses.
- Improved Banking and Payment Protection: Financial portals and transactions online require extra protection from prying eyes. Now there is a predefined list of Web sites that will trigger a secure ‘banking’ browser to open. The list contains not only bank sites, but also PayPal, Apple and online-based crypto wallets. In addition, trusted media sites are also protected, which prevents fake news gaining undeserved coverage.
ESET Internet Security recently received MRG Effitas’ Online Banking/Browser Security Certification in 2019, which is a great accomplishment because MRG Effitas is “at the forefront of online banking testing” and “the only testing house in the world whose tests map 100% against in-the-wild threats”.
- Improved Connected Home Monitor (CHM): Home users can use CHM to scan their home Internet router for vulnerabilities such as weak passwords, port vulnerabilities, known firmware vulnerabilities, malicious domains, malware infections, etc. CHM will provide improved user guidance for any detected issues.
CHM can also discover all devices connected to your home WiFi network, now with improved device recognition including IP address, MAC address, device name, model and vendor details.
- Improved Password Manager*: With Password Manager, users are able to create strong and unique passwords for all their online accounts while only having to remember one master password to manage them all. The new upgrades to Password Manager include:
- Optional two-factor authentication (2FA) integrated with Google Authenticator, which asks users for an additional one-time password to log in securely to Password Manager.
- Alternative iOS Face ID authentication to log in securely to Password Manager.
- Trusted Devices** feature, which allows users to view and manage which devices have access to the passwords securely stored in their Password Manager.
- Secure Sharing*** feature, which allows users to securely share their passwords with family or friends.
- Improved Secure Data*: Secure Data is a tool that allows users to encrypt files and removable media devices. This is especially useful in the case of data falling into the wrong hands and for lost devices. In the current upgrade, end-users will be able to decrypt their secured data onanyWindows device, without the need for ESET Smart Security Premium (ESSP) to be installed on that device.
* Only available for ESET Smart Security Premium
** Only available for Windows version of ESET Password Manager
*** Available for Windows and macOS versions of ESET Password Manager