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PCR’s guide to the latest security software

Where you’re looking to protect your consumer devices or a whole company, here’s our pick of the best cybersecurity software on the market…

BullGuard Premium Protection

“BullGuard Premium Protection protects PCs, Macs and Android devices with one license. It includes all the features found within BullGuard Internet Security but also features Identity Protection which safeguards all personal information, from bank account numbers to driving licence numbers, passport information, debit/credit card numbers, email addresses and passwords. Thanks to a unique algorithm, Premium Protection scans the Internet, including the dark web. If any of the information is detected the user receives an immediate alert and advice on what steps to take. A Home Network Scanner is also included which constantly monitors a network for any vulnerabilities, informing users if a smart device they have added to their home Wi-Fi network is vulnerable to hacking or the network they are using has vulnerabilities. It also features BullGuard’s award-winning Game Booster which delivers faster performance for gamers while keeping them protected. Advanced machine learning is another new addition; multiple learning layers analyse malware properties to identify and block malicious code without requiring virus updates. This ensures that zero-day threats are identified and nullified as soon as they emerge, keeping users safe from advanced types of malware. Safe Browsing also flags up websites that are hiding malware or are known to harbour malicious code.”

Specs:
Operating Systems
Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista.
Mac OS X 10.11 or later
Android Tablets and Phones, Android 5.0 and higher

Contact: Centerprise, Spire Technology, Target Components, VIP UK

WatchGuard AuthPoint MFA

“WatchGuard’s AuthPoint is the only cloud-based, multi-factor authentication solution specifically built for small and mid-market businesses and distributed enterprises – eliminating the common barriers for MFA including large up-front costs, complex integration and burdensome on-premise management. AuthPoint is delivered entirely through the cloud and can be managed as a standalone service from anywhere using the WatchGuard Cloud interface, meaning there’s no expensive hardware to deploy and no need to install software upgrades or manage patches.”

Specs:
AuthPoint uses a push message, QR code, or one-time password (OTP) as an additional factor
Mobile device ‘DNA’ matches the authorized user’s phone when granting access to systems and applications

Contact: WatchGuard

Kaspersky Total Security

“Kaspersky Total Security provides complete protection from viruses and malware for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices. The software has a multi-layered protection designed to prevent and neutralise malware, stopping unauthorised access and hijacking of your computer and mobile devices. Kaspersky Total Security can also be used to help protect your child with powerful parental controls and guard your family’s privacy, passwords, money, confidential data and more. The product incorporates website filers to help block adult content, enabling parents to customise a list of sites your child can only visit with your permission.”

Specs:
Blocks viruses, cryptolockers and other threats
Protects payments, with bank-grade encryption
Secures passwords and images of personal documents
Encrypts data you send and receive online through a secure VPN
Stops webcam spies watching you in your home
Helps guard kids through advanced parental controls

Contact: Kaspersky

BullGuard Internet Security

“BullGuard Internet Security provides award-winning malware protection that keeps users safe online. A next-gen triple layer threat detection engine and layered firewall provide outstanding protection against all sorts of threats, ranging from malware and banking Trojans to cryptocurrency mining malware. It is particularly effective in identifying zero-day threats and phishing attacks. Safe Browsing also flags up websites that are hiding malware or are known to be used to harbour malicious code. It also features BullGuard’s award-winning Game Booster which delivers faster performance for gamers while keeping them protected. Cloud integrated back-up is another important feature enabling users to store and work safely in the cloud thanks to encrypted cloud transfers. Advanced machine learning is another new addition; multiple learning layers analyse malware properties to identify and block malicious code without requiring virus updates. This ensures that zero-day threats are identified and nullified as soon as they emerge keeping users safe from advanced types of malware.”

Specs:
Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista.
Mac OS X 10.11 or later
Android Tablets and Phones, Android 5.0 and higher

Contact: Centerprise, Spire Technology, Target Components, VIP UK

Norton 360 Deluxe

“Norton 360 Deluxe provides anti-malware, firewall, spam and phishing, and cloud technology protections to help safeguard users’ devices and private information from existing and emerging threats – all in a single solution. All PC, Mac, tablet, or smartphone devices receive protection against online threats as users bank, shop and browse online. Personal information, when transmitted through the device, has protection both at home and on-the-go with Norton Secure VPN that adds bank-grade encryption to help block cybercriminals from accessing user’s personal information when connecting to Wi-Fi. Norton 360 Deluxe also includes 50GB of cloud storage as a preventive measure against data loss due to hard drive failures, stolen devices, and ransomware, and Password Manager that allows users to manage their passwords and logins. Norton Safecam for PC alerts and helps block cybercriminals from accessing users’ webcam without their consent. The additional and improved feature Norton Parental Control also provides easy-to-use tools to help parents keep their children’s interactions safe, allows them to set screen time limits, block unsuitable sites or monitor search terms and activity history.”

Specs:
Antivirus and malware protection
PC Cloud Backup
Smart Firewall
Password Manager
Secure VPN
PC SafeCam
Parental Control
Supports up to 5 Windows PC, Mac, Android and iOS devices

Contact: Exertis, Ingram Micro, Tech Data

BullGuard Small Office Security

“BullGuard Small Office Security is a cloud-managed endpoint security service dedicated specifically to the needs of small businesses. Central to the platform is remote management from a cloud-based dashboard that makes it easy to manage all devices at the same time, which is particularly key with the surge in working from home due to the current pandemic. For example, all teleworker devices (PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones) are easily managed from the dashboard, enabling security updates to be applied simultaneously on all devices, and if a mobile device is lost or stolen it can be remotely locked down to protect sensitive data. An alert system also provides immediate notification about security events to allow instant remedial action, such as isolating a device infected with malware.”

Specs:
Windows 7 and higher
Mac OS X El Capitan and higher
Android 5.0 Lollipop and higher

Contact: Centerprise, Spire Technology, Target Components, VIP UK

TP-Link HomeCare

“TP-Link HomeCare provides a kit of features to help you create a personalised, secure network for the whole family. Available in specific routers, The solution delivers comprehensive antivirus protection for your router, keeping connected devices and users safe online. Whether you want to block inappropriate content, set daily time limits, see which sites your children are using or pause the internet, HomeCare parental controls can be used from the convenience of an app. Users can also prioritise devices or activities on the network in just a few taps with Quality of Service, making sure the right device is first in line for connectivity.”

Specs:
Antivirus protects every device on your network
HomeCare blocks new malicious URLs within 15 minutes
An active database protects every connected device from external threats
Simple, intuitive parental controls make it easy to keep children safe online
Simple controls let you prioritise bandwidth for specific applications and devices
Create personalised network settings for each family member
Available in specific routers – cannot be purchased as a standalone product.

Contact: TP-Link

NETGEAR Armor

“NETGEAR Armor protects your connected home from Internet threats. Armor’s multi-layered cybersecurity is built into your Wi-Fi router to protect your smart devices, smartphones, and computers. NETGEAR Armor includes Bitdefender’s award-winning anti-virus, anti-malware, and data protection for an unlimited number of devices.”

Specs:
Advanced cyber threat protection at home & on-the-go
Unlimited device protection
Active vulnerability scans on your connected devices
Anti-theft protection if your devices are lost or stolen (*includes Android and Windows devices)
Web protection helps you browse safer by alerting you and blocking potentially harmful webpages
Bitdefender VPN encrypts your internet connection to keep your online activity private even while you’re on unsecured public networks.
Instant alerts when threats are detected & blocked
Armor’s Protection Level gives you an overall security rating
Recommendations help you improve your security and Protection Level
Award-winning cybersecurity by Bitdefender

Contact: Exertis

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