Avira Internet Security 2019 Targets 3 Key Vulnerable Areas

It takes more than malware detection to stay secure in today’s always-connected world. Avira takes an advanced, three-faceted approach to securing the digital lives of users with its all-new Internet Security 2019. In addition to protecting devices from a wide spectrum of incoming malware, it also patches device and system vulnerabilities with its Software Updater, and helps people keep their online accounts more secure with a Password Manager and its unique “Security Status” feature.

Avira research shows that people are at risk from three major classes of external and self-generated threats. Passwords are the major self-generated threat. Over 60 percent of online individuals are using the same or very similar passwords across multiple accounts according to Statista data. Use of weak or recycled passwords make it easier for hackers to do “credential stuffing,” trying out the password information from a single data breach on multiple accounts.

“Studies show that 80-90 percent of login attempts in online stores are from unauthorized individuals,” said Vikas Seth, Product Unit Lead at Avira. “Bad password choice and management make this possible.”

Out-of-date devices are a second threat, combining both external and user-generated vulnerabilities. “We’ve analyzed 4.6 million devices over the past three months and found outdated or un-updated software on 72.21% of them,” said Vikas Seth. “That’s three out of every four devices at risk from a potential vulnerability.”

Malware is a third, continuing external threat to users. Avira has around 500 million examples of malware types in its files. This ever-growing list includes ransomware, exploit kits, adware, and infected websites.

Triple-faceted approach to increasing your security

The all-new Avira Internet Security 2019 tackles the primary security threats head on. “Good security is not an either-or decision, it’s about getting the coverage you need for three major vulnerable areas in your online life: passwords, updates, and malware,” said Travis Witteveen, CEO of Avira. “With these three layers, Avira Internet Security helps people make the right security choices more easily.”

1. Covers your online vulnerabilities

The “Security Status” page in the password manager lets the user know in real time if there has been a global breach of an account, website, or password and helps them quickly change passwords. Users have the choice between picking their own secure passwords or letting Avira generate its own. The app will also rate the strength of the password and notify the user if this password is being used for multiple web-sites. In addition, all accounts that reuse the same password will also get the same alert in the event of a breach. Surfing is also safer with the password manager checking URLs for phishing sites and sending user notifications for secure https sites. All this is in addition to the usual password manager abilities of generating, saving, and encrypting passwords.

2. Keeps your device fully updated

Keeping a device fully updated takes an effort to both find and install the patches. Not all device updates are automatic, and ignoring or postponing updates comes with the risk of leaving the device wide open to new and emerging threats. In addition, a computer user can easily ignore the list of critical, recommended, and optional updates for their device.

“This is an extremely common and underrated threat,” points out Vikas Seth. “This is why Avira provides a Software Updater as an integrated part of our security solution. With just a single click, people can keep their device fully updated for more than 150 various applications and have automatic updates for security issues.”

3. Provides comprehensive and fast malware relief

Thanks to machine learning techniques for classifying and detecting malware, the size of the new Avira detection files has been slashed by a factor of four. The new format files provide award-winning detection, while also reducing the time required to start a device, get updates, and do everyday operations. With the newest detection files, Avira performance has surged ahead, averaging 2-5 times better performance than other security products on the market according to internal studies.

Light impact on system resources

Avira Internet Security 2019 is for PCs running Windows 7 or higher (with Service Pack 1 and the latest updates). It’s available for 44.95 Euro per year per device or a 4.95 Euro monthly charge. Avira Prime members will receive the Password Manager features at no additional cost.