The new solutions employ advanced detection technologies to improve protection, usability and performance while maintaining its renowned light footprint. The most prominent new security feature is Banking & Payment Protection, included in ESET Smart Security 9.
This new feature provides protection when customers are using online banking sites or online payment gateways, and provides them with a protected browser insuring all online financial transactions are processed in a secure environment. In addition, all the data the user enters, including credit card details and passwords, are encrypted.
The demand for Banking and Payment Protection arose from the growing use of online banking by consumers worldwide, which has made this service a target for cyber criminals. "ESET products are engineered with a multi-layered approach that protects users from all types of threats at different levels," said ESET Chief Technology Officer Palo Luka. "We see a constant increase in malware that targets banking and financial information and operations, and while we have technologies in place that can block them, we have designed a completely new feature that improves the experience of our customers and secures their online money-related activities at a whole different level."
ESET Smart Security 9 features security which also includes enhancements to proven technologies such as Botnet Protection and Exploit Blocker. Botnet Protection shields the user's computer from being taken over by a remote attacker and used as part of a network of infected computers for malicious purposes. Exploit Blocker is designed to fortify applications on the user's system, such as web browsers, PDF readers, email platforms or Microsoft Office™ components. Building on technologies introduced on previous versions, ESET LiveGrid® is used as an advanced early warning system that allows for effective detection of emerging threats. Together, these advanced detection technologies are described in greater detail on the ESET Technology page.
The latest edition of both ESET Smart Security and ESET NOD32 feature a completely redesigned user interface based on extensive usability testing. The user experience is also improved through a completely new licensing framework that simplifies product purchases and activations. Access to online help content in ESET's Knowledge Base, as well as access to the gamified ESET Cybersecurity Education, remains free for ESET customers.
Softpedia.com, a reputable software news website and download provider, awarded ESET Smart Security 4.5/5 stars, and concluded its Editor's Review as follows: "ESET is known to bring very good results when it comes to virus detection ratio, scanning speed and resource usage. Smart Security lives up to its name, providing users with various layers of security against e-threats while navigating the web or granting PC access to other users."
"We received very good feedback from our beta testing community and third-party test labs on this new product's performance and features," said Jeff Chen, solutions marketing director at ESET. "The positive reception we received validates the encouraging results we acquired in our internal tests. We believe ESET Smart Security 9 and ESET NOD32 Antivirus 9 will provide a high level of security to our customers without slowing down their systems, allowing them to enjoy the Internet without constantly worrying about the threats out there."
ESET Smart Security 9 and ESET NOD32 Antivirus 9 are Windows 10 compatible and retail for $59.99 and $39.99 respectively. Both are available for purchase now on www.eset.com and via ESET's robust network of channel partners and resellers in the U.S. and Canada.
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