Online security

My favourite Internet security application has just been updated. F-Secure Internet Security 2008 is now out. I’ve installed it here and it’s running fine. A couple of points to note – there is a licence option to cover three PCs at home which provides a cost effective way to legally cover more than one PC and there is an upgrade price if you already use F-Secure Internet Security 2007.

F-Secure Internet Security 2008 is of course compatible with Windows Vista.

According to the F-Secure website, F-Secure Internet Security 2008 features include:

* Protects your computer against viruses, worms, rootkits and zero-day attacks
* New proactive DeepGuard technology protects you against any unknown threats
* Stops spyware and hackers from entering your computer
* Helps you stay free from spam e-mail and phishing attempts
* Protects your children against unwanted Internet content
* Includes a web surfing time lock for children
* Provides the fastest protection against new virus outbreaks
* Security news
* Easy to install and use

NEW – F-Secure DeepGuard(tm) technology.
There is a new growing problem of fast-spreading targeted attacks or so-called zero-day attacks on the Internet, which cannot be detected with traditional security solutions. F-Secure DeepGuard(tm) is a new technology that gives you a proactive layer of security that protects you against any unforeseen threats. It’s like having your own private virus research lab inside your PC!

NEW – Web Traffic Scanning protects you against infected web sites.
Certain web sites can infect your computer even if you do not specifically download anything from these sites. Web Traffic Scanning protects you against this problem by scanning the HTTP traffic, blocking any malicious content from entering your PC.

NEW – redesigned antispyware and antivirus working together with F-Secure Internet Security 2007
introduces a further level of protection by combining award-winning real-time antivirus software (F-Secure Anti-Virus) with an award-winning realtime antispyware scanner.

NEW – enhanced Parental Control with individually configurable user profiles and Child Time Lock.
Parental Control blocks access to Internet sites with inappropriate content. The software can be configured to block Internet pages that reference weapons, drugs, gambling and pornography. There is also an option to completely disable access to certain sites. With the Child Time Lock feature parents can also define at what time of the day their children are permitted to surf the Internet.

NEW – enhanced Anti-Spam with E-mail based Antiphishing and Real-time blackhole list support (RBL)
Anti-Spam filters unsolicited email based on a Bayesian filter and the use of blacklists. The software also detects phishing attacks and filters them into a separate E-mail folder.

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