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Friday, September 29, 2006

CA Gives Away Insurance to Internet Security Suite Customers

CA Gives Away Insurance to Internet Security Suite CustomersComputer Associates (CA) offers customers insurance against identity theft and computer virus infections when they buy CA's Internet Security Suite 2007.

Customers in all U.S. states except New York receive up to $5,000 in identity theft coverage when they buy Internet Security Suite 2007 through a reseller or direct, a CA spokesman said. In addition, up to $1,500 of virus protection coverage is provided for customers who buy Internet Security Suite 2007 or CA's Anti-Virus 2007. Both policies remain in force for one year after the product purchase date.

However, there is a catch, which states that the guarantee does not cover data loss or damage to software other than the Windows operating system. Customers also cannot use their personal laptops to work networks. In addition, they cannot turn off the CA's Internet Security Suite 2007 and its auto update mechanism.

The offer is similar to one that AOL offered earlier this month to its dial-up Internet-access subscribers, but is a new marketing tactic among other security-software vendors. Software rivals have, however, been improving their product offerings with other new features and stepping up price promotions as they roll out 2007 product upgrades.

Internet Security Suite 2007 costs $49.99 for a single-user license and $69.99 for a three-user license.



   
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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Agnitum Introduces Outpost Firewall Pro 4.0

Agnitum Introduces Outpost Firewall Pro 4.0
The computer security experts at Agnitum Ltd. today announced the launch of Outpost Firewall Pro 4.0. As we were reporting earlier on this blog, Agnitum released a public release-candidate version more than two weeks ago and now the official released happened.

This new version of the award-winning software provides home, small-office and mobile corporate users with powerful protection against spyware, keyloggers, Trojans, hackers, identity theft, rootkits, wireless network hijacking and other Internet-borne attacks.

Outpost Firewall Pro 4.0 is available immediately worldwide for US$39.95, including updates for one year, by download from www.agnitum.com. Trial versions may also be downloaded from http://www.agnitum.com/products/outpost/download.php.

"Outpost has always been recognized for its heavy-duty, yet easy-to-use security products," said Mikhail Penkovsky, global vice president of Sales and Marketing at Agnitum. "Russians are known as some of the most talented hackers and cybercriminals. So who better than Russian security experts to stop them from breaking into your PC," said Penkovsky. "Like any responsible security software vendor, we would never claim to provide 100 percent protection, but we believe we are delivering as close to 100 percent as possible with today's technology --- certainly much stronger protection than users will get from basic firewalls such as that provided by Microsoft's OneCare service."

Outpost Firewall Pro 4.0 delivers this high level of protection with a range of new and improved tools, including support for 64-bit operating systems.

Learn more about new release from the official What's New web-page.



   
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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

UK Firms Spent £1.8bn on Internet Security

UK Firms Spent £1.8bn on Internet SecuritySpending on IT security measures by UK companies has reached "massive" £1.8bn level, according to a new report from Point Topic.

Most companies now have standard firewall and antivirus protection in place, according to the research, with larger companies also splashing out on disaster recovery and compliance monitoring to weed out security violations and further protect the business.

Companies with up to ten staff spend an average £11.30 per month per employee on security, while those with 11 to 50 staff only spend £4.50 per month per employee. Larger sites with over 50 staff spend £15.80.

"An explanation could be that they get economies of scale with the cost of security packages without having the need for consulting expertise and bespoke solutions required for the bigger sites," said Tim Johnson, chief executive at Point Topic.

The leading security suppliers quoted in the survey were Symantec, McAfee, Sophos, AVG, Microsoft and Trend Micro. Symantec and McAfee dominate at the smaller companies market, although McAfee held its market share better at the larger ones. Sophos and Trend Micro are confined to the larger sites, but with a significant share. AVG and Microsoft are represented across the range of sites.



   
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Monday, September 25, 2006

Panda Antivirus 2007 Review by PC Magazine

Panda Antivirus 2007 Review by PC Magazine
Neil Rubenking from PC Magazine made a reivew of Panda Antivirus 2007 last week. Here are key conclusions from the research:

PROS:
Protects against viruses and spyware. Includes heuristic protection against unknown threats. Scans files on access, in incoming e-mail attachments, and when sent by IM.

CONS:
Some test malware crashed the scanner. Lacks some expected features such as scheduled scans and quarantine. Some other important features are turned off by default.

BOTTOM LINE:
Panda Antivirus 2007 offers inexpensive protection against viruses and spyware, but you get what you pay for. In testing, its antispyware performance was so-so, and two spyware samples kept the scan from working.

The full review is available here.



   
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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Trend Micro Internet Security 2007 Released

PC-cillin Internet Security 2007Trend Micro, this week announced the 2007 version of its Internet security suite. The 2007 Internet Security release will incorporate Trend Micro’s well-known PC-cillin™ engine and anti-malware protection along with a host of new features addressing all the latest threats including rootkits, spyware, phishing, spam, hackers, viruses, WiFi attacks, smartphone threats and the growing problem of identity-theft.

Enhanced Features and Benefits of PC-cillin Internet Security 2007:
  • Spyware Protection: Blocks and removes spyware, crimeware, adware, grayware and rootkits, a new type of deep-hiding invader.
  • Antivirus Security: Detects and removes viruses and the latest threats from your email, Internet downloads, removable media and PCs. Updates are installed automatically for the most up-to-date protection. An outbreak warning system, along with Windows vulnerability assessments, is provided.
  • Personal Firewall: Blocks hackers and network viruses from attacking your home network using a customizable inbound/outbound firewall.
  • Fraud Defense: Protects you from on-line phishing scams designed to steal credit card and bank account numbers. Easy to configure and notifies you of the latest Web-site risk.
  • Wireless Protection: Safeguards against unauthorized users invading your WiFi home network.
  • Home Network Control: Manage, configure and update security under one household license for up to three PCs on your network wherever Trend Micro Internet Security is installed with this easy-to-use management console.
In terms of licensing, Trend Micro made the $49.95 base product installable on three PCs, making it comparable in price-per-seat to Microsoft's OneCare. Previously, Trend's three-user license cost $79.95. Symantec last week upped the seat-count of its $69.99 Norton Internet Security 2007 to three. NIS 2006 for three PCs cost $119.95.

Trend Micro Internet Security trial is available for the direct download from this link.



   
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Monday, September 18, 2006

Symantec Releases Norton Internet Security 2007


Symantec Corp. has released Norton AntiVirus 2007 and Norton Internet Security 2007 that have been enhanced in technology and performance to protect users from today's evolving online threats.

The major addition for the Norton Internet Security 2007 is the ability to help prevent users from getting hurt from phishing scams. With a pre-defined list of known phishing sites, along with "advanced heuristic technology", it will block users from loading any Web site it thinks is a phising site.

The Intrusion Prevention feature in Norton Internet Security 2007 offers critical protection against recently discovered vulnerabilities in the Windows operating system and other popular applications. These security holes can be shielded by Norton Internet Security much faster than it typically takes a vendor to release a patch to fix the problem. Symantec said its most recent Internet Security Threat Report found that on average, virus writers are able to start exploiting these new security holes approximately six days after the disclosure of a vulnerability.

With Norton Internet Security 2007, viruses, worms and hackers attempting to infect or invade a person's computer through these vulnerabilities are immediately blocked from ever getting on the system. Users are now able to patch their operating system and other applications on their own schedule, yet remain safe.

The enhanced firewall in Norton Internet Security 2007 automatically configures itself to allow legitimate applications yet blocks spyware, viruses, worms and hackers from stealing valuable information from the user's computer.

The suggested retail price for Norton Internet Security 2007 is $69.99 (includes one-year service subscription to use the product and receive Symantec's protection updates). Small Office Packs for 5- and 10-users are scheduled to be available for both products. Norton Internet Security 2007 can be installed on up to three PCs.

The Norton products run under Windows XP, but are eligible for a free update to a Windows Vista version after the new Microsoft operating system ships.



   
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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Agnitum Posts Release Candidate for Outpost Firewall Pro 4.0

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The computer security experts at Agnitum Ltd. this week posted the release candidate for Outpost Firewall Pro 4.0.

The release candidate is a major milestone on the path to shipping the new version of Outpost, award-winning software that provides home, small-office and mobile corporate users with powerful protection against spyware, keyloggers, Trojans, hackers, identity theft, rootkits, wireless network hijacking, and other Internet-borne attacks.

The software is largely complete, and the preview gives users outside Agnitum a chance to test, experiment and provide feedback to the company.

Outpost Firewall Pro 4.0 delivers protection with a range of new and improved tools, including support for 64-bit operating systems and:

  • Strengthened anti-leak functionality, preventing all known methods for stealing information from a user’s PC by Trojans, spyware and adware that exploit operating system holes. With version 4, users may customize permissions and restrictions on outbound data transfers by any application attempting to gain control of another, attempting to launch a browser, or attempting to use the memory space of a trusted application.
  • Spyware protection now blocks all known malicious applications. Additional protection against unknown malicious applications has been added with the forced scanning of all applications before they are permitted to execute. To do this, Outpost simulates execution of the program in a closed ‘sandbox’ and tests it for legitimacy before permitting or blocking its actual execution. System performance is unaffected.
  • ImproveNet is enhanced. The community that brings Outpost users and Agnitum security experts together to share configurations now automatically distributes verified rules to protect against the latest threats. Version 4 adds a new set of rules to govern local application interactions on the user’s PC, giving a greater level of control over local processes that prevent hijacking of legitimate applications.
  • Improved usability. Version 4 introduces a new “Entertainment Mode” for users playing online games, watching movies or engaging in other activities on the PC that they don’t want interrupted. This mode suppresses Outpost prompts – and access decisions are made automatically in the background. Advanced users may also apply macro definitions to customize adaptive firewall rules.
  • Self-protection technology prevents Outpost from being deactivated by viruses, Trojans or spyware, even through the simulation of keystrokes that would cause the firewall to be shut down. Outpost continuously monitors its own files on the hard drive, as well as registry entries, memory status and running services, and blocks any attempted changes by malicious applications.

Strengthened anti-leak functionality
Users may download the Outpost Firewall Pro release candidate software from here.

Outpost Firewall Pro 4.0 Release Candidate download is a 30-day trial version and can be registered using the license key from your existing installed version of Outpost. You can also puchase a license for the currentl version 3.51 and use the registration key for the 4.0 release candidate.



   
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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

GRISOFT Launches Beta Program for AVG Internet Security 7.5

GRISOFT Launches Beta Program for AVG Internet Security 7.5
GRISOFT has announced the availability of a public beta version of AVG Internet Security 7.5, its new anti-malware security suite. In addition to the new security suite, public beta versions for the entire AVG 7.5 computer security portfolio are available, including new products, as well as updated versions with significant improvements.

This is the most comprehensive beta program that GRISOFT has launched for its users to test. AVG Internet Security 7.5 is a comprehensive suite of computer security tools – tools users need to protect themselves again a growing cyber and computer threats including worms, viruses, Trojans, spam and keyloggers.

The new security solution incorporates anti-spyware, easy to use personal firewall, spam filter, anti-phishing tools, as well as an updated version of AVG Anti-Virus. As with all other AVG products, AVG Internet Security offers automatic high-speed updates, and it provides complete protection while consuming low levels of system resources.


Beta versions of AVG 7.5 products are designated for compatibility testing in large number of different hardware and software configurations in Windows XP, Windows Vista Beta 2/RC1, FreeBSD, and GNU/Linux operating systems. The feedback from the users during beta will be used to fix potential bugs as well as provide for further development of AVG products.
Beta versions of AVG products are available for testing free of charge at beta.grisoft.cz.



   
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Monday, September 11, 2006

PC Authority Rates Kaspersky Internet Security 6

PC Authority Rates Kaspersky Internet Security 6Australian PC Authority posted a review of Kaspersky Internet Security 6. The product was given a 4 out of 6 mostly thanks to its high-class antivirus module.

The conclusion says the following:

The real strength of the Kaspersky suite remains the anti-virus protection, which is also available in standalone format in a new version 6 guise. But even this seems expensive at $63, especially when compared to the free version of AVG, which performs just as well. Ultimately ZoneLabs’ product is Kaspersky's undoing this month: it's $4 cheaper and outperforms Kaspersky's offering in every regard.


Kaspersky Internet Security 6

The full review is available from here.



   
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Friday, September 08, 2006

Comodo Firewall 2.3 Released

Comodo Firewall 2.3
Comodo, a global leader in Identity and Trust Assurance Management solutions, today announced the availability of its free Comodo Firewall V2.3.

The latest version sees a host of new features:
  • Submit suspicious files to Comodo - Version 2.3 contains built in links that let the user instantly submit unrecognized or suspicious files to Comodo for analysis, helping to speed up the identification and nullification of hitherto unknown threats.
  • Protocol Analysis - key to the detection of fake packets used in denial of service attacks. The firewall now checks that every packet conforms to protocol standards before allowing traffic to pass.
  • Packet Checksum verification - Comodo firewall now recalculates the checksum of data packets and compares this against the checksum stated in the packet signature. If the two do not match then the firewall will block it as it may have been altered during transmission.
  • Flexibility and ease of use - 'New Alert Frequency Slider' allows one-touch configuration of the amount of alerts the program generates.
  • Defends itself from attack - New option that ensures Comodo Firewall registry entries and files cannot be deleted or modified either accidentally or deliberately. This vital security feature prevents malicious programs or intruders from being able to shut down or sabotage the Firewall.
  • More powerful and intuitive security rules interface - "smart" alerts provide users with invaluable, common sense advice whenever a connection attempt is made.

Comodo Free Firewall 2.3A full list of new features of Comodo Firewall 2.3 can be found at: http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/whycomodofirewall.html



   
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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Sunbelt Software Announces Top Ten Spyware Threats for August

Sunbelt Software, the vendor of CounterSpy anti-spyware product family, yesterday announced the top ten most prevalent spyware threats for the month of August. The results are based on the monthly scans performed by Sunbelt's award-winning antispyware product CounterSpy(TM). The Trojan.Smitfraud threat appears for the first time in the top ten lists and is a trojan that is used to download rogue security products and change the user's desktop to display false warnings that the computer is infected with spyware.

The top ten most prevalent spyware threats for the month of August are:

1. DesktopScam 2.22%

2. Trojan-Downloader.Zlob.Media-Codec 1.46%

3. Virtumonde 0.96%

4. Command Service 0.83%

5. Trojan.Smitfraud 0.80%

6. Trojan.WinlogonHook.Delf.A 0.72%

7. DollarRevenue 0.70%

8. Zango.SearchAssistant 0.68%

9. StartPage.TimesSquare 0.63%

10. SpySheriff 0.62%

The Sunbelt Software Threat Research Center specializes in the discovery and analysis of dangerous vulnerabilities (i.e., security holes, bugs, maligned features or combination of operations) that could be exploited for Internet and email attacks. The research team actively researches new spyware outbreaks, creating and testing new spyware definitions on a constant basis. For detailed spyware research information and to view the top ten spyware in real-time please visit http://research.sunbelt-software.com.



   
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Monday, September 04, 2006

PC World Australia Reviews Kaspersky Internet Security 6.0

PC World Australia Reviews Kaspersky Internet Security 6.0
Australian PC World made a review of Kaspersky Internet Security 6.0 what resulted in a 4 out of 5 rating.

Here are key conclusions from the review:

Pros:
-Fairly accurate detection, Powerful security tools.

Cons:
-Some false positive results, Uses a lot of system resources, Expensive.

Bottom Line:
Kaspersky Internet Security 6.0 is a powerful security suite but the price tag and the interface may turn away some users.

Kaspersky Internet Security 6.0
Click here to read full review.



   
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CA Internet Security Software Flags Windows Component as Virus


Computer Associates (CA) caused some headaches this week after its antivirus and internet security suite software inadvertently flagged component of the Windows OS as malware.

A spokesman for the security vendor told that the error followed an incorrect update of the application's antivirus signature file, causing it to remove or isolate a file named 'Lsass.exe'. The company released an update for its antivirus signature file within seven hours.

The Lsass.exe process is part of Windows' security mechanism. So users who had set their eTrust Antivirus and Internt Security Suite to automatically remove malicious software may have found that their systems crashed and were unable to boot up Windows once Lsass.exe was removed.

It’s not uncommon to see false positives in AV and anti-spyware software … for example, Sophos mistakenly claimed that few Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Reader components on systems running Mac OS X were infected with the Inqtana virus. Last July Symantec detected the the Zlob Trojan in the Nullsoft Scriptable Install System tool. And Microsoft Anti-Spyware IDed some components of Symantec' Norton Antivirus as malware.

The biggest trouble for the CA Customer Service is that new AV signatures aren’t going to fix those issues for users who downloaded the update files.



   
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