SAN DIEGO, Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ESET, the global leader in proactive digital protection with a 25 year track record of developing award-winning technology, today announced the launch of the next generation of security products for the Mac® OS X platform®— ESET Cyber Security Pro and ESET Cyber Security. Designed to make a safe system even safer, ESET introduced these products at the 2013 Macworld/iWorld Conference in San Francisco.
Security is important on Macs as well as on PCs and mobile devices. The appearance of highly publicized Mac-related malware, such as the Flashback Trojan which infected 500,000 Macs this past April, has highlighted the fact that cybercriminals are no longer focused on PC users alone.
"Although the amount of malware targeted at the Mac platform remains low compared to that aimed at other major platforms such as Windows® and Android, it has been steadily increasing since 2004," said Andrew Lee, CEO, ESET North America. "That's a troubling trend and one we're committed to addressing. Our new Mac solutions protect against the most advanced malware threats, while still offering the simplicity, speed and 'light footprint,' users expect from ESET products."
According to a recent Macworld magazine poll, only half of Mac users employ antivirus software on their computers.* This lack of vigilance puts not only their own computers at risk, but also endangers friends and family. Unprotected Macs can download, carry and transmit a host of malware threats specific to Windows users. Without even realizing the risk, Mac users can inadvertently pass malware on to PC users.
Both Cyber Security and Cyber Security Pro add an extra layer of protection to the built-in Apple® Internet security features. Fast, efficient and very effective, the new ESET versions take up very little room on a computer, ensuring a smooth operating experience and trouble-free operation.
Both ESET Cyber Security and ESET Cyber Security Pro offer more than a dozen new or enhanced features to protect consumers. In the recently published AV-Comparatives' Mac Security Review 2012, top reviewers declared the ESET offering, "the most comprehensive products we have tested."**
Key benefits of ESET Cyber Security Pro include:
Keep kids safer on the Internet with Parental Control: Allows parents to control and limit their children's online activity by blocking certain categories of web pages and setting up pre-set age-appropriate profiles, such as child, teenager or adult.
Protect personal data from identity theft with Personal Firewall: ESET Personal Firewall prevents unauthorized users from accessing your Mac remotely and allows you to define a range of user profiles, each with special firewall settings assigned for a specific situation.
In addition to these premium features found only in Cyber Security Pro, both Cyber Security and Cyber Security Pro offer the following enhancements:
Improved browsing and communciation security with Web and Email Scanning: ESET scans and detects threats in major POP3®/IMAP® email clients and HTTP web protocol.
Customized security with one-click access to solutions: Either application runs efficiently in the background and will only ask for attention when necessary. Advanced settings allow experienced users to tailor in-depth security settings based on specific preferences or individual requirements.
Cloud-powered scanning (ESET LiveGrid®): ESET LiveGrid carefully analyzes global threats, attack vectors, and patterns to protect users from emerging threats, while also identifying "safe" files on the user's hard drive. This improves scanning performance and eliminates false positives over time. All scanning engine updates are small in size and quickly sent to ESET users, without slowing down system performance.
Removable media protection: Enables the user to automatically scan any potentially unsafe removable device for threats, including USB drives, CDs, DVDs or FireWire.
Online protection for the entire family: Unique to ESET, and included with both products at no extra charge, ESET Cybersecurity Training teaches the entire family how to defend against cyber threats, scams and hackers.
ESET Cyber Security and ESET Cyber Security Pro are compatible with Mac OS X Snow Leopard or newer. Available immediately, ESET Cyber Security starts at $39.99 MSRP and ESET Cyber Security Pro starts at $59.99. Both products can be purchased online at www.eset.com and various retail outlets.
For more information regarding the evolution of Mac malware since 2004, visit: http://www.eset.com/us/mac-malware-myths-and-facts
*Macworld magazine Poll, April 2012: http://www.macworld.co.uk/mac/news/?newsid=3353110
**AV-Comparatives, Mac Security Review, September 2012: http://www.av-comparatives.org/comparativesreviews/mac-security-reviews/165-mac-security-review-oct-2012
ESET is on the forefront of security innovation, delivering trusted protection to make the Internet safer for businesses and consumers. IDC has recognized ESET as a top five corporate anti-malware vendor and one of the fastest growing companies in its category. Trusted by millions of users worldwide, ESET is one of the most recommended security solutions in the world. ESET NOD32 Antivirus consistently achieves the highest accolades in all types of comparative testing, and powers the virus and spyware detection in ESET Smart Security, ESET Cybersecurity for Mac, ESET Endpoint Security and ESET Endpoint Antivirus. ESET has global headquarters in Bratislava (Slovakia), with regional distribution centers in San Diego (U.S.), Buenos Aires (Argentina), and Singapore; with offices in Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Prague (Czech Republic). ESET has malware research centers in Bratislava, San Diego, Buenos Aires, Singapore, Prague, Košice (Slovakia), Krakow (Poland), Montreal (Canada), Moscow (Russia), and an extensive partner network for 180 countries. For more information, visit http://www.eset.com/us or call +1 (619) 876-5400.