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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Outpost Firewall PRO 4.0 Wins The Termination Test Award

Outpost Firewall PRO 4.0 Wins The Termination Test Award
Independent tests have determined that Outpost Firewall Pro 4.0 from Agnitum is the software firewall best able to defend itself from the type of direct and brutal attacks that can cripple, disable and shut down less robust firewalls.

Outpost was the only one of 13 software firewalls to pass all 38 tests conducted by Guillame Kaddouch, an expert in computer security who operates the security web site firewallleaktester.com. Test results are available on Kaddouch's website at http://www.firewallleaktester.com/termination.php

"In the wild malware often choose to terminate the security software in the system they are running on, instead of trying to use complex methods to circumvent them. The "termination test" I have done was to shed some light on the current firewalls resistance against termination," said Kaddouch. "When Agnitum released Outpost 4.0 with it's 'self-defense' feature, I wanted to know how efficient it was by curiosity, and how it would stand compared to all of the current most famous firewalls."

A 30-days trial version of Outpost Firewall PRO is available for download from here.



   
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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

BitDefender Internet Security v10 Gets 3/5 Rating from PC Magazine Review

BitDefender Internet Security v10 Gets 3/5 Rating from PC Magazine Review

Neil Rubenkin of PC Magazine USA has given 3 out of 5 rating to the recently released BitDefender Internet Security v10. The full review is available here.

Here is quick info why BitDefender has been given this rating.

PROS:
Now includes rootkit scan. Per-user parental control works well. Antivirus is powerful and flexible. Firewall now automatically configures access for known programs.

CONS:
Firewall easily disabled. Firewall alerts for unknown programs are confusing. Failed to remove many spyware samples in testing. Unstable on infested systems.

BOTTOM LINE:
Antivirus is still the suite's star feature, but BitDefender has improved the rest of Internet Security in many small ways. Some will find the information and configuration settings too technical.

BitDefender Internet Security v10 screenshot



   
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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Virus Bulletin Names BitDefender 10 The Only Security Software to Detect 100% of Malware

Virus Bulletin Names BitDefender 10 The Only Security Software to Detect 100% of Malware
BitDefender this week announced that BitDefender 10 was awarded VB100% certification from Virus Bulletin for its ability to detect 100% of the viruses on the WildList.

Tested by Virus Bulletin on Windows XP Professional SP2, BitDefender’s powerful security solution was proven to be one of the most secure anti-virus solutions available. Initially, Virus Bulletin judges failed BitDefender 10 because the software identified what had thought to be a clean file as malware. All other security software tested identified the file as clean. However, upon closer examination, Virus Bulletin judges found that the file that BitDefender identified as malware actually was infected and commended BitDefender for detecting it.

The VB100% certification is recognized as one of the industry’s definitive guides for the performance of an antivirus product. The WildList Organization (http://www.wildlist.org) collects monthly virus reports from anti-virus experts around the world. The data from the reports is compiled to produce The WildList – a list of those viruses currently spreading throughout a diverse user population. A virus that is reported by two or more of the WildList reporters will appear in the top-half of the list and is deemed to be 'In the Wild'.

Virus Bulletin magazine tests the leading antivirus solutions against the viruses which appear in the ‘In the Wild’ list. Only those antivirus solutions that achieve full protection from these latest viruses are considered for the VB100% certification.

"This is a dramatic confirmation of the value of BitDefender's B-HAVE heuristic detection technology and a great morale booster for BitDefender,” stated BitDefender CTO Bogdan Dumitru. “We are thrilled to learn that BitDefender 10 found malware that went undetected by every other security software tested.”



   
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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

PC Magazines Publishes Part I of its Internet Security Suite Smackdown

PC Magazines Publishes Part I of its Internet Security Suite Smackdown

PC Magazine USA published the results of its first round testings of eight leading Internet Security Suite products. Norton Internet Security 2007 by Symantec was given the Editor's Choice award.

Here are some reasons why NIS 2007 became the winner:

PROS:
Intelligent firewall handles program control without bothering users. Powerful antivirus is as effective against spyware as the best standalones. Better interface, smaller performance hit than previously.

CONS:
Real-time antispyware allows low-risk spyware until reconfigured. Optional privacy and parental control features less flexible and powerful than previously. Antispam misses too much.

BOTTOM LINE:
The NIS 2007 firewall, antivirus, and antispyware all offer world-class protection. Optional antispam, privacy, and parental control modules are relatively weak, but that's better than having the strong antispam and weak antispyware of ZoneAlarm. And I love the firewall's silent but lethal program control—no popups!

Other security suite products tested include: CA Internet Security Suite 2007, Kaspersky Internet Security 6, McAfee Total Protection, Panda Internet Security 2007, Trend Micro Internet Security 2007, Windows Live OneCare and ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 6.5.

The full article "Security Suite Smackdown, Part I" is available here.



   
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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

F-Secure Internet Security 2007 Released

F-Secure Internet Security 2007 ReleasedF-Secure Corp, leading Finnish internet security software vendor, has released Internet Security 2007. The new version features a number of remarkable new and enhanced features to further strengthen its leadership in reliability of protection in the data security market.

The new features make it easier for customers to take care of the wellness of their PC’s, and to protect their families and their most valuable digital assets. The risk of previously unknown zero-day threats being able to do damage is greatly reduced through the new F-Secure DeepGuard technology. Instead of just analyzing new programs once when they enter the system, F-Secure DeepGuard also will persistently monitor the behaviour of software in a real-time mode, scanning for suspicious program behaviour and stopping activities that might pose a risk. Competing one-time-only solutions cannot offer the same level of protection as it is possible for malicious code-writers to obfuscate, encrypt or pack the code in ways that prevent the one-time solutions from detecting it - and once the file has passed it will be free to do anything it wants.

In recognition of the increasing threat of spyware, F-Secure has improved its detection rates and removal capabilities by adding another spyware engine solution to F-Secure Internet Security 2007. The integration has been enhanced to include target scanning, in addition to real-time scanning and manual system scans.

F-Secure Internet Security continues to offer proactive protection for content sensitive family members thanks to the improved parental control application. Access to the Internet can be limited according to individually configurable content based predefinitions. F-Secure Internet Security 2007 now has three different Parental Control Profiles: Child (White listed sites only), Teenager (Content Based Filtering) and Parent (Full Access). Anything falling outside of the parameters set by these profiles is automatically blocked. As before, parents can also exercise their discretion over the time used by their children on the Internet using the Time Lock feature.

Speaking about the new product, Ari Alakiuttu, Vice President of Product Marketing said:

"Consumers have a right to data security products that offer them protection at every possible level of interaction with the online world. We believe at F-Secure that the latest version of F-Secure Internet Security 2007 incorporates world class features and will set the standard for all other data security products serving the home and small office segment."

F-Secure Internet Security 2007 (IS2007) is now available for download from F-Secure's e-store and will be available on retail shelves beginning October 31st. All customers with a valid F-Secure Internet Security 2006 service subscription will get the upgraded IS2007 for free. Microsoft Vista support, for both 32bit and 64bit, will also be offered for free to IS2007 customers at the end of Q1 (pending the actual release date of Vista). The new advanced features of F-Secure Internet Security 2007 will also be available for F-Secure's corporate solutions at the beginning of next year.



   
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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Grisoft AVG Internet Security 7.5 Released

Grisoft Releases AVG Internet Security 7.5 GRISOFT, the developer of AVG security software, today announced the official release of AVG 7.5 product line. A significant addition to the AVG security software portfolio, AVG Internet Security 7.5, includes the most recent anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam and firewall technologies with reliable automatic updates while consuming a low level of computer resources for convenient use.

AVG Internet Security 7.5 Features:
  • 100% virus detection — AVG’s scanning engine has received numerous awards for its excellent detection of “in the wild” viruses, including the VB100% award. Its unique combination of detection methods provides full protection against viruses, worms and trojans.
  • Cutting-edge anti-spyware technology — Using the latest state-of-the-art detection technology, AVG detects spyware, adware, DLL-trojans, keyloggers, and much more. Malware hidden in data streams, archives, or the Windows registry is also detected.
  • Full on-access protection — The powerful AVG Resident Shield provides maximum protection by scanning every file opened, executed, or saved. It also prevents the opening or executing of infected files.
  • Flexible intelligent scanning — The AVG Resident Shield can include/exclude files from being scanned based on individual file extensions and can handle exceptions for potentially unwanted programs such as adware.
  • Full e-mail protection — AVG checks every e-mail sent or received, providing full protection from e-mail-borne threats. AVG supports all leading e-mail clients, including MS Outlook, The bat!, Eudora, and all other SMTP/POP3-based e-mail clients, such as Outlook Express. Encrypted connections using SSL are also supported.
  • E-mail spam and phishing filtering — AVG checks every e-mail received, using the latest technology and up-to-the-minute spam signatures to ensure maximum detection rates for spam and phishing attacks.
  • Automatic threat handling — AVG can automatically heal or remove infected files and other threats such as trojans, worms and spyware.
  • Control over all network access — The AVG Firewall monitors all communication to and from the computer, blocking external attacks and preventing trojans from exporting confidential data. The AVG Firewall configuration wizard automatically creates access rules for all popular software. In addition the firewall can switch profiles automatically, based upon the current conection type, ensuring seamless changeover for notebooks.
  • Powerful scheduling — AVG automatically provides recommended daily schedules for scanning and updating, and also allows you to create custom-scheduled events.
  • Multiple language support — No need to buy a special language version.
Grisoft also updated its AVG Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware, and Anti-Spyware titles to matching 7.5 editions.

“GRISOFT’s focus has always been providing users with the most comprehensive and proactive computer security solutions on the market,” said Larry Bridwell, Vice President of Communications of GRISOFT. “With AVG 7.5 and, more specifically, Internet Security 7.5, we’ve taken another step toward truly providing all users with security software that can continually protect them from the growing number of cyber and computer threats.”

GRISOFT now offers the option of a 1-year or a 2-year licence. The price of AVG Anti-Virus 7.5 is set at $29.95 for a one-year license and $38.95 for a two-year licence, which includes the option of free updates. One year license for AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5 is available for $29.95. A two-year license for AVG Internet Security 7.5 costs $69.95.

All products in the AVG 7.5 portfolio are immediately available for free download on the GRISOFT website.



   
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