On Tuesday, 22 October 2019, ESET – an internet security company – unveiled the latest version of ESET NOD32 Antivirus, ESET Internet Security (EIS) and ESET Smart Security Premium (ESSP). These upgrades cover multiplatform integration, advanced machine learning, improved password manager and secure data encryption for South African users.
According to a report released by Cisco, there will be 28.5 billion more devices and connections worldwide by 2022 – thus the new upgrades reflect the global 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,” says Carey van Vlaanderen, CEO at ESET South Africa.
“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.”
Here is a closer look at ESET’s new features and improvements:
New Multiplatform Compatibility – The EIS, ESET, ESSP, and ESET Cyber Security Pro (ECSP) are now compatible across platforms. This means consumers can now use the same license to protect their other Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android devices.
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, consumers can be better protected against never before seen or zero-day cyber threats.
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 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 Wi-Fi 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.
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