ESET announced today the launch of the next generation of ESET products for the increasingly popular Mac OS X platform: ESET Cyber Security Pro® and ESET Cyber Security®. With both products users can maximize their security while still enjoying the full power of their Macs and easily find the solution of possible security risks only with one click. ESET Cyber Security Pro enables parents using Mac platforms to set up their devices, so they have parental control over the activities of their children while online. To protect their online identity while shopping or banking, users can choose to allow or block all incoming and outgoing connections of selected applications, services or port numbers.
Both products provide additional layers of security and proactive protection for Mac: the products are designed to fight against emerging threats for the Mac OS X platform in real-time, as well as to handle cross-platform attacks targeting Windows or Linux based systems in mixed networks. Each, ESET Cyber Security Pro and ESET Cyber Security offer more than a dozen new or enhanced features. ESET Cyber Security Pro comes with all the features of ESET Cyber Security, plus Personal Firewall and web content managing tool Parental Control.
*AV-Comparatives’ Mac Security Review 2012 has labeled the new Mac generation of ESET as “very well thought‐out product”. “ESET Cyber Security Pro is more than just a virus scanner and impressed us with its range of features. The security suite additionally offers a Personal Firewall, Parental Control and a powerful scheduler as well as innovative functions such as Running Processes. The ESET suite is one of the most comprehensive products we have tested, but the user interface is still clear and easy to use”, states the Review.
“Due to enhancements in performance and ESET’s advanced ThreatSense® scanning engine, ESET is allowing you to enjoy the smooth running of your Mac while working, watching movies or using other media-centric functions. The user will benefit from the best user experience and native Mac look-n-feel interface”, says Ignacio Sbampato, ESET Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. The user can gain value from ESET’s Unilicense model, extending protection to all other operating systems running on their single machine and allowing taking their license with them if they change their platform.
ESET Cyber Security adds an extra layer of protection to Apple’s built-in Internet security features, detecting and blocking attempts to infect users’ Macs. ESET Cyber Security products focus on effective detection of yet unknown malware by utilizing advanced Heuristics, generic signatures and genetic technology and are engineered with low memory usage and minimal notifications to protect Macs while keeping them running at peak performance. Ultimate protection is strengthened by ESET’s cloud-based reputation system called ESET LiveGrid®.
Research shows Mac users are not generally aware of specific details about technology or social engineering which could spare them from attack, they are neither well enough informed about the rise or impact of Mac malware. A 2012 **Macworld Magazine Poll has shown that more than half, 57.5%, of Mac owners don’t use any anti-virus protection. “There has been an increase in Mac-related malware in recent years, already having an impact on Mac users (e.g. the Flashback Trojan outbreak from April 2012), especially as Mac users are often unaware that they are capable to easily pass malware to their friends using Windows”, says Stephen Cobb, ESET Security Evangelist. The Mac malware development dated back to 2004 until now is captured in ‘Straight Facts about Mac Malware’ microsite , developed by a team of ESET researchers overseeing the Mac Malware area for education purposes of the Mac user growing community, as demonstrated in the latest Gartner press release***.
Selected New Benefits and Features of ESET Cyber Security Pro and ESET Cyber Security
Keep kids safer on the Internet with Parental Control (ESC Pro version only): Let your kids enjoy the good side of the Internet without worrying about them. Parents can use the web page filter functionality, which allows them to set up pre-defined profiles – Child, Teenager or Parent, or tailor as desired. They also have the option to black/white list additional web pages to be blocked or allowed for a particular account.
Protect your Data from Identity Theft with Personal Firewall (ESC Pro version only): Newly integrated Firewall prevents unauthorized users from accessing your Mac remotely and allows you to define a range of profiles, each with special settings assigned for a specific situation.
Stay Safer from Internet Threats with Cross-platform Protection: Provides effective protection against Mac malware as well as Windows based threats, which might not be harmful for Mac users but could harm Windows and Linux based systems of friends and family.
Install and Forget or Tweak Away with One-click Solution: The program runs in the background and asks for your attention only when necessary. Advanced settings also allow tailoring of in-depth security settings to fit your needs.
Removable Media Control: Adds another level of protection allowing the user to scan any potentially unsafe removable device for potential threats (USB, CD, DVD, Fire wire).
Cloud-Powered Scanning (ESET LiveGrid®): Optimization of scanning based on whitelisting of “safe” files, in line with the file reputation database in the cloud. This functionality limits possible false positives to a very minimum. ESET LiveGrid® identifies “safe” files on the user’s hard drive improving the scanning performance with passing time.
Web and Email Scanning: Enhanced Proxy server agent for Email > POP3/IMAP and Web > HTTP scanning. This functionality is integrated independently from Mail/Web client solution.
*AV-Comparatives, Mac Security Review, September 2012: http://www.av-comparatives.org/comparativesreviews/mac-security-reviews/165-mac-security-review-oct-2012
**Macworld Magazine Poll, April 2012: http://www.macworld.co.uk/mac/news/?newsid=3353110