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Panda’s 2011 Solutions Use the Power of Community for Lighter, Faster Protection

Global IT vendor Panda Security is releasing its new 2011 consumer product line, featuring faster performance, better protection and less resource impact than previous versions. Panda’s new retail solutions, available at the end of August, include: Panda Internet Security 2011, Panda Global Protection 2011, Panda Antivirus Pro 2011 and Panda Internet Security for Netbooks. New features include complete remote access to home PCs, file shredding of deleted programs and a secure browser, to name a few.

All of the 2011 consumer solutions benefit from Panda’s Collective Intelligence technology, which leverages the network of millions of global users, or the Power of Community, to deliver instantaneous protection against new and unknown threats. Using these solutions, consumers can browse the Internet, make purchases online, and chat and share photos/videos with complete confidence that Collective Intelligence and the Power of Community are providing proactive and real-time protection against the latest malware threats. In addition, PC resource consumption is minimal and the 2011 solutions boast a 50% improvement in performance on Windows 7 environments when compared to last year’s versions.

The products are designed specifically for highly active users with the most demanding protection needs, and include many new features, such as the option to manage home networks, or run the protection in gaming/multimedia mode, to avoid interruptions for gamers.

Similarly, the interfaces have been simplified and made more intuitive across all the products, and the top of the range solution includes a series of utilities to transparently safeguard the digital life of users:

  • Remote access – Lets you access your home or work computer from anywhere and share files securely across the Web.
  • Virtual browser (sandbox) – 100% secure, based on a network of virtual machines running under Linux and without persistent memory storage.
  • Virtual keyboard – To prevent passwords and other sensitive data entered on keyboards from being stolen with keyloggers.
  • File encryption –  Keeps files safe from snoopers
  • Definitive data removal – Elimination of all traces of deleted files or programs.

The new solutions maintain the features that have positioned them as market-leading security suites: a powerful antivirus engine to protect against all types of known and unknown viruses; firewall with WiFi security to block intruders and hackers; Panda USB Vaccine, to protect USB devices; confidential information filters to keep personal data safe; backup copying, as well as a PC tune-up feature to optimize system performance.

Free trial versions will be available soon from: http://www.pandasecurity.com/Southafrica/homeusers/downloads/

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

Panda’s new cloud-based 2010 products “ultra-light”

Panda Security has launched its new, ultra-light 2010 consumer solutions, which include Panda Antiivrus for Netbooks, Panda Antivirus Pro 2010, Panda Internet Security 2010, and Panda Global Protection 2010. The new consumer products are designed specifically to offer maximum protection with a minimum impact. Thanks to Collective Intelligence cloud technologies, first launched by Panda Security two years ago, the new 2010 solutions offer an 80 percent performance improvement with respect to previous versions. Panda’s new retail solutions also deliver 60 percent improved browsing speed and 40 percent improved download speed over previous versions, consuming just 8 MB of memory.

All of Panda Security’s new solutions also incorporate proven USB vaccination technology to prevent virus infections and spreading vectors very commonly used by today’s malware. In addition Panda’s 2010 solutions incorporate a brand new heuristic engine and generic signatures that, working both locally and with Collective Intelligence scanning-from-the-cloud, provide the highest rate of protection against the newest malware and identity theft trojans.

Panda Antivirus for Netbooks, a brand new, ultra-light consumer solution specifically designed for netbooks, mini laptops and ultra portables includes anti-spyware, anti-phishing, anti-rootkits, firewall and identity protection.

Panda Antivirus Pro 2010 offers easy-to-use protection against viruses, spyware and hackers, and also includes a new engine against identity theft. Users can chat, share photos and videos, bank and buy online, read their favorite blogs or simply surf the Web, with complete peace of mind thanks to its built-in firewall. This easy-to-user solution is truly install and forget.

Panda Internet Security 2010 is a comprehensive suite for all types of threats including viruses, rootkits, hackers, online fraud, identity theft and all other Internet threats. This solution also offers an online backup system with 2 GB of free space as well as system recovery tools. The anti-spam engine ensures user inboxes remain free from junk mail while the Parental Control feature ensures children can use the Web safely.

Panda Global Protection 2010 is Panda Security’s most complete security solution, protecting users from every type of Internet threat, including: viruses, spyware, rootkits, hackers, online fraud and identity theft. In addition to an anti-spam engine and parental control features, users can also back up important files (documents, music, photos, etc.) to a CD/DVD or online (5 GB free space available) and restore them in case of accidental loss or damage. With the integration of Collective Intelligence, memory consumption, browsing and download speed have been improved significantly.

Visit the Panda’s 2010 product page for more info.

Panda launches free USB Vaccine

Panda Security, the global IT security vendor, has launched Panda USB Vaccine, a free security solution designed to block malware which spreads through removable drives such as flash drives, CD/DVDs and MP3 players. This free tool can be downloaded here.

“There is an increasing amount of malware which, like the notorious Conficker worm, spreads via removable devices and drives such as memory sticks, MP3 players and digital cameras,” says Jeremy Matthews, head of Panda’s sub-Saharan operations. He says that cybercrooks are taking advantage of the way these devices work: “Windows uses the Autorun.inf file on these drives or devices to know which action to take when they are connected to the computer. This file, which is on the root directory of the device, offers the option to define a programme to automatically run part of the content stored on the device when it connects to the computer.” This feature, he explains, is being used by cyber-crooks to spread viruses, through the modification of Autorun.inf with commands that result in the malware stored on the USB drive running automatically when the device connects to a computer. This will immediately infect the computer in question.

To prevent the infection of computers through this technique, Panda’s free Panda USB Vaccine offers a double layer of preventive protection, allowing users to disable the AutoRun feature on computers as well as on USB drives and other devices. “This is a very useful tool as there is no easy way of disabling the AutoRun feature in Windows. It makes it much simpler for users, offering a high level of security against infections through removable drives and devices,” concludes Matthews.

To download the free tool, click here.