Enhancements to both products include advancements in threat detection, more thorough cleaning of infected systems, and an improved user experience. ESET NOD32 Antivirus 6 is a fast and powerful antivirus solution with improved usability and upgrades to the scanning engine for better overall performance. Both products benefit from Anti-Phishing protection as well as the new ESET Social Media Scanner App, which protects users and their linked friends against attacks launched from within Facebook. ESET Smart Security 6 further extends that functionality by adding unique Anti-Theft capabilities.
"ESET has always worked to be the fastest, most accurate, and complete antivirus solution available," said Andrew Lee, CEO, ESET North America. "With the release of Version 6, we believe we have delivered on that promise while improving usability, driving value for our customers, and making it possible for people to use and enjoy their technology with confidence. Cyber security is about more than just technology. It's about helping people make good decisions."
In planning the latest product versions, ESET researched and evaluated the most prevalent security issues affecting North American customers. The findings reinforced that laptop and device theft continue to be a growing concern. A wide variety of sources identify computer theft as a leading cause of data breaches and identity fraud. Without protection, it is very unlikely that stolen computers are ever recovered.
In addition to computer theft, identity fraud remains a crucial issue. More than 11.5 million Americans were victims of identity fraud in 2011, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. Social media is also a growing factor in the threat landscape with nearly five percent of Facebook users reporting some degree of identity theft.*
ESET Social Media Scanner protects social media users from malicious content, including their profile, wall, newsfeed and private messages. Protection continues even when the user is not logged into their Facebook account. If an infection is found, a notification arrives by email, so that the user can take immediate action. ESET also helps the user's friends stay a safe distance from malicious content, checking their walls for potentially dangerous links. For more on the ESET Social Media Scanner, please visit http://www.eset.com/social-media-scanner.
ESET Anti-Theft helps locate missing devices and makes it possible to monitor activity on lost or stolen laptops, notebooks, tablets and more.
"At ESET we do not want our customers to pay extra for what we consider to be an integral part of a complete personal security solution," said Ignacio Sbampato, ESET chief sales and marketing officer. "We are among the first vendors to have added the new Anti-Theft feature into the product at no extra cost rather than offering it as a standalone application."
ESET Anti-Phishing offers increased protection against digital identity theft. According to the global Online Security Brand Tracker Survey**, worldwide protection against phishing websites is highly valued among computer users with 68% considering this function important. In the latest AV-Comparatives single product test ***, ESET Smart Security 6 ranked as one of the most effective products blocking almost 94% of threats. The dedicated Anti-Phishing module in V6 includes an extended database of phishing sites as well as verified reports by users via http://phishing.eset.com.
Both ESET Version 6 products have received the Windows® 8 Certification and use the "Windows 8 Compatible" logo. They are available in the Microsoft® Company Windows 8 Store.
Selected features and benefits of ESET Smart Security 6
Anti-Theft–Automatically monitors a missing device and displays its position on a map based on visible Wi-Fi networks in range when it comes online.
Anti-Phishing Module–Protects the user from attempts by fake websites masquerading as trustworthy ones to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords or banking and credit card details.
Personal Firewall–Prevents unauthorized users from accessing the computer and taking advantage of personal data. Users can safely go online to shop, bank and use social media.
Parental Control–Helps keep kids safe on the internet with age appropriate site categories linked to blocking controls.
Idle-State Scanning–Performs in-depth scans when the computer is not in use, aiding system performance and detecting potential inactive threats before they can cause any damage.
Selected features and benefits of both ESET NOD32 Antivirus 6 and ESET Smart Security 6
ESET Social Media Scanner–Protects the social media user and their friends from malicious content, including protection of their profile, wall, newsfeed and private messages.
Antivirus and Antispyware–Provides proactive protection against all types of online/offline threats and prevents the spread of malware to other users.
Cloud-powered Scanning–Speeds up scans by whitelisting safe files based on ESET's file reputation database.
Scan While Downloading Files–Decreases access time to downloaded files by scanning them during the download process.
For more information about the products and a complete list of features and benefits please go to ESET Smart Security 6 and ESET NOD32 Antivirus 6.