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Panda Free Antivirus 2015 Named Editor’s Choice

Panda Free Antivirus 2015 was named PC Mag’s Editor’s choice as well as receiving an outstanding review from PC World. Panda Cloud Antivirus was launched in 2009 as the first free cloud-based antivirus. This was an innovative approach at the time that broke away from the traditional signature-based model and allowed us to offer a solution with high detection capabilities and minimal impact on computer performance. Over these last five years, the product has continuously evolved, increasing its capacity to counter new malware and protecting millions of computers around the world.

“Panda Free Antivirus 2015 scores on par with the best commercial antivirus tools, both in our hands-on tests and independent labs tests. It’s a new Editors’ Choice for free antivirus,’ says PC Mag’s Neil Rubenking.

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Panda Tops Cloud Security Market with 35 Awards Worldwide

  • Company honored with 35 awards worldwide for outstanding achievements in technology innovation and sales strategies
  • Cloud products achieve extraordinary market adoption, surpassing industry average 

Panda Security, The Cloud Security Company, announced end of year results in awards and market traction for the company’s cloud product line that serves small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) as well as consumers. In 2010, Panda Security secured 35 awards from recognized authorities on technology and business innovation, including the Wall Street Journal, CRN, PC World and AV Comparatives.

“Panda has always been ahead of the market in technology innovation and 2010 was no exception”, says Juan Santana, CEO of Panda. “At the beginning of the year, we set out to extend our position as a cloud security leader through a continued commitment to R&D and a focus on increasing the adoption of our cloud products for SMBs.”

“We attribute Panda’s success to our award-winning solutions and a highly diversified sales strategy that targets organizations with anywhere between 5 and 60,000 seats”, says Jeremy Matthews, head of Panda’s sub-Saharan operations. “Panda’s strong business momentum for the year coupled with independent recognition from the Wall Street Journal, CRN, PC World and many others, proves that our strategy is working”, he concludes.

The Panda Cloud Protection product line, which secures endpoints and servers, email and Web threat vectors, has grown well above the industry average growth rate for cloud-based security services in 2010. Income from these products grew 65% over the previous year and now represents 15% of the company’s total worldwide revenues. Panda expects this number to exceed 20% by the end of 2011. This compares to industry-wide revenue growth for SaaS (Software as a Service), which made up only 10% of total security services revenue in 2009, with this figure not projected to surpass 20% until 2014, according to market research firm Infonetics.

While the full list of accolades may be found on the PandaLabs blog, some of the more prominent awards include:

  1. Juan Santana, Panda Security CEO, among the 25 Most Innovative Executives of 2010. CRN, USA
  2. Panda Cloud Antivirus: Editor’s Choice. PC Magazine, USA
  3. Panda Security for Business: 5 Stars, SC Magazine, USA, UK
  4. Panda Internet Security 2011: Best Product, 5 Stars, Windows Magazine, Spain
  5. Panda Cloud Antivirus: Best Security Software, PC World, Latin America
  6. Antivirus Pro 2010: Top Score in On Demand Test, AV-Comparatives.org, Germany 
  7. Panda Global Protection 2011: Editor’s Choice, Computer Magazine, Italy
  8. Panda Internet Security 2011: First Place in Comparative Test, PC Security Labs, China

“We’re looking forward to an even more successful year ahead as the market has proven that it is ready for a cloud-based approach to antivirus security,” says Santana. “Based on the traction we are seeing in the channel, we expect revenues from Panda’s cloud security business solutions to surpass 20% of the company’s total income in 2011”, he concludes.

More information is available in the PandaLabs blog: http://www.pandalabs.com

For more information about Panda, visit http://www.pandasecurity.com/

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Twitter targeted by hackers this Christmas

–      Numerous Twitter accounts have been created to spread malicious code through festive messages

–      Every year threats are spread via email and social media using Christmas-themed messages

According to Panda Security, cyber-criminals are exploiting Twitter to spread malware in festive-themed messages. Using methods akin to Black Hat SEO techniques, hackers are taking advantage of trending topics to position malware distribution campaigns. Topics such as “Advent calendar”, “Hanukkah” or even “Grinch”, are among the most popular subjects used by hackers to entice users.

Thousands of tweets have been launched using festive-themed phrases, such as “Nobody cares about Hanukkah” or “Shocking video of the Grinch”, along with short URLs pointing to malicious websites.

Users that click the link will be taken to a page that infects systems with false codecs by exploiting a security hole in PDF files and tries to trick users into downloading a codec that is really a downloader Trojan, which in turn downloads more malware onto the compromised computer.

In addition to subjects related to Christmas, cyber-criminals are using other hot topics to spread their creations, including the Sundance festival, the AIDS campaign and the Carling Cup.

According to Jeremy Matthews, head of Panda’s sub-Saharan operations, “Social networks like Facebook and Twitter are becoming increasingly popular with hackers because of their ever-increasing number of users, and the ease at which they (the hackers) can post malicious links. That’s why the number of clicks, and therefore infections, tends to be very high.”

Keep your computer safe this Christmas

With the increased risk over the Christmas period, Panda offers users a series of practical security tips for using social media:

1) Don’t click suspicious links from non-trusted sources. This should apply to messages received through Twitter, through other social networks and even via email.

2) If you click on the links, check the target page. If you don’t recognize it, close your browser.

3) Even if you don’t see anything strange in the target page, but you are asked to download something, don’t accept.

4) If you do download or install an executable file and the PC starts to launch messages or behaves strangely, there is probably malware on your computer. In this case, you should check your computer with a free online scanner such as ActiveScan, available at: www.activescan.com

5) As a general rule, make sure your computer is well protected to ensure that you are not exposed to the risk of infection from any malicious code. You can protect yourself with the new, free Panda Cloud Antivirus solution (www.cloudantivirus.com).

“It is important to remember that hackers will take advantage of any big holiday or event, which is why it is important to remain extra vigilant during these times”, concludes Matthews.

For more information about Panda, visit http://www.pandasecurity.com/.

Panda Receives Top Score in Most Recent AV-Comparatives.org Performance Test

  • Panda Internet Security 2011 ranks above Symantec, ESET, AVG, Kaspersky and others
  • Company’s cloud protection backbone also gets top honors in recent independent review from AV-Test.org

Global IT vendor Panda Security announced that Panda Internet Security 2011 obtained the Number One rank in the most recent Security Suites Performance Test from independent reviewer, AV-Comparatives.org. Panda Security received the highest certification level of Advanced+ and performed better overall than all of the competition including Symantec, ESET, AVG, Kaspersky, F-Secure and Trend Micro. This test released on August 23 reviewed the impact of security suites on system performance, and underscores the effectiveness of Panda’s proactive and cloud protection technologies in detecting new malware while minimizing impact on users’ PCs performance.

“It’s becoming increasingly important that antivirus software provides high detection and remediation rates without degrading system performance,” said Andreas Clementi, chairman, AV-Comparatives.org. “Panda Security’s approach in bringing malware detection and analysis into the cloud has proven to be an effective way to tackle this complex issue.”

All of the consumer and business solutions offered by Panda Security benefit from Collective Intelligence, the company’s cloud-based technology for automating the identification and remediation of malware threats instantaneously. Collective Intelligence leverages Panda’s global network of millions of users, referred to as the Power of Community, to deliver real-time protection against new and unknown threats.  This protection model decreases PC resource consumption significantly, and is the primary reason for the product’s high scores in PC performance impact. Panda Internet Security 2011 and Panda’s other consumer security suites boast a 50 percent improvement in performance on Windows 7 environments when compared to last year’s versions.

In addition to the performance impact review by AV-Comparatives.org, Panda Security has achieved top scores in many recent independent tests including:

  •  Full Product Test by AV-Test.org (August 2010): Panda Internet Security 2010 received excellent scores in all categories, accomplishing top rank along with two other vendors.
  • PC Security Labs Total Protection Test (August 2010): Panda Internet Security 2010 achieved both “5 Star” rating and a special award for “Top Detection” out of all tested solutions by the Chinese independent lab.
  • Product Review by Computerworld (July 2010): Panda Internet Security 2010 was reviewed by Frank Ohlhorst who concluded that the product offers “maximum protection with minimum fuss.”
  • Retrospective/Proactive Test by AV-Comparatives.org (May 2010):  Panda Antivirus Pro 2010 obtained the top score for its proactive capabilities, and detected impressive amounts of new malware using only heuristics and generic signatures.
  • On-Demand Malware Detection Test by AV-Comparatives.org (February 2010): Panda Antivirus Pro 2010 achieved top scores, scoring 99.2 percent in the detection of the tests sample set.

“These independent test results demonstrate that it’s possible to lessen the impact of antivirus software on PC performance while at the same time increasing protection”, says Jeremy Matthews, head of Panda’s sub-Saharan operations.  “Panda is in a unique position to deliver excellent protection with minimum impact on computer resources because of our innovation with cloud-based scanning”, he concludes.

To find out more about Panda Internet Security 2011 please visit http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/solutions/internet-security/

SC Magazine awards Panda 5 stars for their Business Solutions

  • Panda Security’s business solutions recognized for their superior ease of use, protection features and value.

Global IT vendor Panda Security announced that two of its solutions for small and medium sized businesses, Panda GateDefender Integra and Panda Security for Business v4.05, have been given 5-star product ratings by SC Magazine.

In its review, SC Magazine lauded Panda GateDefender Integra for its excellent price and protection functionality. The unified threat management (UTM) appliance provides businesses with centralised protection from all types of internet-borne threats, including firewall, intrusion prevention, anti-malware, content filtering, anti-spam and web filtering.

“With Panda GateDefender Integra, businesses can install and protect their corporate perimeters in minutes without the need for any user intervention”, says Jeremy Matthews, head of Panda’s sub-Saharan operations. “This makes it the only install and protect UTM solution on the market.”

SC Magazine also recognized Panda Security for Business, the company’s all-in-one security software suite, for its simple installation process, superior protection features and product documentation. SC noted that the product offers “lots of features and extensive support for different operating systems and devices.”

Panda Security for Business is also the only on-premise security solution for gateways, e-mail networks and endpoints that benefits from instantaneous and automated, cloud-driven malware protection while still retaining all in-house security controls.

The recent 5-star ratings follow a string of positive reviews of Panda’s corporate products. This includes a 4-star rating in by SC Magazine of Panda GateDefender Performa 9500, the company’s all-in-one appliance for high-performance web filtering and perimeter protection against Internet-borne malware and spam.

Like all Panda products, the Panda GateDefender line as well as Panda Security for Business, benefit from the company’s unique cloud-based Collective Intelligence database. Collective Intelligence draws from the knowledge and experience of millions of users to deliver the most comprehensive, instantaneous and non-intrusive protection against known and unknown malware.

For more information about Panda Security’s corporate solutions, please visit www.pandasecurity.com/enterprise/

CRN US names Panda one of the “20 Coolest Cloud Security Vendors”

In recognition of Panda Security’s move into cloud-based security services for SMBs and home users, the security vendor has been recognised as one of the “20 Coolest Cloud Security Vendors.” by CRN US.

According to the channel magazine, “Panda has further immersed itself in the cloud computing arena after it unveiled cloud-based antimalware services for SMBs … In addition to cloud-based antivirus, spam filters and Web scanning engines, security companies are now launching cloud-based DLP and authentication and log management technologies. Here are our picks for the coolest cloud security vendors helping to foster the SaaS phenomenon and drive it forward in 2010”.

In November 2009, Panda launched its free retail cloud offering, Panda Cloud Antivirus, along with a cloud solution for SMBs, Panda Cloud Protection.

The list was based on nominations from Solution Providers rating technology, channel influence, effectiveness and visibility along with business and sales impact. The final selections were made by a panel of Everything Channel Editors.

“This latest acclaim further rewards our company’s strategy of offering leading-edge services that respond to market needs,” says Jeremy Matthews, head of Panda’s sub-Saharan operations. “Our solutions can be centrally managed through a simple, secure Web console and, thanks to Collective Intelligence technologies, offer even greater detection ratios of new malware. Importantly for companies in today’s climate, they also deliver major cost savings, as there is no need whatsoever for any investment in infrastructure.”