The Internet can be a dangerous place, full of malicious hackers trying to take advantage of honest and innocent users. Hackers constantly pretend to be companies or websites they aren’t, attempting to fool you into clicking their deceiving links and giving them your personal information so your computer becomes a member of their robot army.
Even the most attentive Internet user can slip up by clicking something they’re not supposed to and end up in a world of pain. Even a simple lapse in installing vital Windows updates that fix flaws leveraged by hackers can wreak havoc.
That’s why anti-virus, or more accurately for 2017 – Internet security software, exists. Anti-virus programs sit in the background, valiantly monitoring your computer, on the hunt for activity that resembles something trying to ruin your day. It would be foolish not to have anti-virus software installed on your computer – just like you wouldn’t drive your car without wearing a seatbelt, you shouldn’t use the Internet without anti-virus software.
Dedicated anti-virus software is obsolete though, right? Microsoft has one built-in to Windows – for free! Who better to protect your computer than Microsoft, who know the operating system inside out and have a vested interest in ensuring your Windows experience is not sullied with malware and viruses? Sorry to break it to you, but that hasn’t been the case for years. Windows Defender is the bare minimum in protection against Internet nasties.
In real-world detection tests from the respected AV-TEST outfit, ESET’s anti-virus software detected 98.80% of threats, whereas Windows Defender managed a paltry 88%, putting it amongst the worst performers. Windows Defender’s false alarms rate is much higher too. In AV-Comparative’s March 2016 test, ESET didn’t present a single false alarm, yet Defender jumped the gun 13 times. Defender even has a higher impact on system performance.
ESET INTERNET SECURITY
Dedicated anti-virus software such as ESET Internet Security is not only better at basic protection, but offers levels of protection Windows Defender doesn’t, and never will. ESET implements various features to go the extra mile in protecting you online.
Ransomware Shield: This monitors and evaluates all executed applications using behavioral heuristics and actively blocks known behaviors that resemble ransomware.
Anti-Phishing: Thwarts attempts to acquire sensitive information such as usernames or passwords by fake websites masquerading as trustworthy ones.
Banking & Payment Protection: A special secured browser through which you can safely pay online that protects you from keyloggers.
Webcam Protection: Monitors all the processes and applications running on your computer, to see which ones want to use your webcam. It alerts you to any that unexpectedly try to access your webcam, and lets you block them.
Small System Footprint: ESET is famous for having a small footprint that leaves more power to programs you use daily and extends the lifetime of hardware.
ESET SMART SECURITY PREMIUM
ESET’s Smart Security Premium offers more features than anyone serious about securing their computer even considers.
Password Manager: Lets you safely store and prefill your passwords to avoid password reuse and create strong passwords.
Secure Data: Encrypt files and removable media, such as USB keys so if someone does gain physical access to your data, they can’t do anything with it.
Anti-Theft: Helps you track and locate your laptop in case it goes missing because of a loss or theft. Mark a device as lost and it activates the webcam and takes screenshots to see who’s got it.