ESET releases new improvements to products for home users
Multiplatform compatibility and new machine learning capabilities among standout features
The latest versions of ESET NOD32 Antivirus, ESET Internet Security and ESET Smart Security Premium add multiplatform integration, enhanced machine learning, an improved password manager and data encryption.
The new upgrades reflect the need for home users to be better protected in an increasingly connected world
“The surging numbers of internet-connected devices present a tantalising opportunity for hackers to exploit. 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 the peace of mind knowing that over 30 years of security intelligence is at work actively protecting their devices against the hackers of today,” saidMatej Krištofík, product manager at ESET.
- ESET Internet Security (EIS), ESET Smart Security Premium (ESSP), and ESET Cyber Security Pro (ECSP) product licenses are now compatible across platforms. So, customers who purchase a license for EIS, ESSP, or ECSP can now use the same license to protect their other Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android devices with products such as ESET Mobile Security for Android, ESET Parental Control for Android and ESET Smart TV Security.
- 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.
- Host-based Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS) conducts behavioural analysis and detection procedure of running processes, files and registry keys. The current improvement further strengthens the existing detection capabilities of HIPS.
- 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.
- Financial portals and transactions online require extra protection from prying eyes. Now there is a predefined list of websites 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.
- Home users can use the Connected Home Monitor 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 Wi-Fi network – now with improved device recognition including IP address, MAC address, device name, model, and vendor details.
- 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.
- 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 on any Windows device without the need for ESET Smart Security Premium (ESSP) to be installed on that device.