Wednesday, March 23, 2016

SECURITY - ESET Smart Security

Due to the proliferation of ransomware, as a previous article points out, I have decided that I (and everyone else) need better protection.  I have been using ESET NOD32 AntiVirus for years and is excellent for what it does do.

Better protection is provided by ESET Smart Security.  The following screenshots show some of the features:

  • This is the ESET home dialog on my system.

  • This is the Setup dialog; the top 2 setting categories are like those found in ESET NOD32 AV, the "Network protection" and "Security tools" have the enhanced protection features.

  • The "Network protection" settings dialog show the enhancements.  "Personal firewall" is just like ESET NOD32 AV, replaces your Windows Firewall.  "Network attack protection" and "Botnet protection" are the enhanced features, including ransomware protection.  Note the "Recently blocked application or device" under "Troubleshooting wizard."

  • "Parental control" is a feature found in ESET NOD32 AV.  But note the "Banking & Payment protection" and "Anti-Theft" features (more below).

Banking & Payment protection:

This is one of the best features.  You add the domains for all banking and payment sites (PayPal, banks, credit card, etc) you use and select [Secured browser] and ESET Smart Security provides enhanced protections for those sites in a separate browser window.

CAUTION:  My default browser is Firefox and the ESET Secure Browser Window asked me to if I wanted to save the bank's password even though I have Firefox set to NOT remember passwords.


This feature enables Anti-Theft protection for your devices.  It is, of course, more applicable for mobile/portable devices (touch-pads, smart phones, etc), it is not necessary for non-portable desktop systems.

I highly recommend ESET products, especially ESET Smart Security.

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