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Safe Browsing protects from Phishing and Malicious Sites

Lookout have extended Lookout Premium to add Safe Browsing on your Mobile Phone. Now you can click with confidence on links from Facebook, email, text messages, etc. and Safe Browsing checks it out first to make sure it is safe and alerts you if the site appears malicious.

Safe Browsing extends the type of Web Protection that you are used to in the office on your desktop PC to your mobile, when you are at your most vulnerable.

Lookout - Safe Browsing URL ScannedHow does Safe Browsing Help?

Safe Browsing, part of Lookout Premium, works with the inbuilt Android Browser and adds the URL Scan and protect facility. Keeping you safe and secure  when browsing the Mobile Web. If you read email on the move and click on a link within your email you are now protected from Phishing Sites, helping to keep your Personal Data safe and secure.

Safe Browsing extends the, already comprehensive, set of Mobile Security features that comprise Lookout Premium. Now you really can keep your personal data safe and secure when using your mobile.

How do I get Safe Browsing?

If you are an existing Lookout Premium user then just make sure that you have upgraded to the Version 6.01, or later, and you will now have the options for Safe Browsing in your Lookout Dashboard.

If you don’t yet have Lookout then just pop over to the Lookout Download site, or go to the Android Market and Download your copy of Lookout Premium and get Safe Browsing.

 

Lookout mobile security catches car thieves

Its a US video, so unfortunately has the mandatory 15 second  commercial at the beginning, but is well worth watching to see how Lookout Mobile Security helps in real life.

What is Lookout Mobile Security?

Lookout is a Mobile Security application which works on Blackberry, Android phones and Windows Mobile. Protecting your phone from rogue applications, malware and spyware.  It provides 4 key features.

  • Security from Malware
  • Data Backup
  • Device Management
  • Missing Device – Remote Location and Remote Wipe

In this video Lookout Mobile Security helped to recover a stolen car, which had the owners mobile phone in it. So it has gone beyond the expected use of the application, protecting the data and device from malware and rogue applications.

Free Mobile Security

Lookout Mobile Security comes in 2 flavours:-

  • Free
  • Premium

The table below shows the features in each version of Lookout Mobile Security

Feature Description Free Premium
Security Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware, Anti-Spyware Included Included
Privacy Advisor No Included
Backup Contacts Backup Included Included
Photo, Call History Backup No Included
Restore Data to Existing Phone Included Included
Transfer Data to New Phone No Included
Missing Device Find Phone (Locate & Scream) Included Included
Remote Wipe No Included
Remote Lock No Included
Support Standard Support Included Included
Premium Support No Included

The Premium version of Lookout costs $2.99 a month or $29.99 a year.

Lookout Web Interface

Below is a quick summary image from the Lookout Mobile Security website.

Lookout Mobile Security Web Interface

Get Lookout Mobile Security

You can download Lookout Mobile Security from the Lookout website a www.mylookout.com

Protect your mobile phone with Lookout Mobile Security

Download Microsoft Security Essentials - The Best Free Anti virus product

Microsoft Security Essentials

If you are looking for the best free anti virus product on the Internet for your home PC, or Small Business, now you can work and play on your PC more safely. With Microsoft® Security Essentials, it’s easy to help protect your PC from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software for FREE* with the same award-winning technology used by millions of consumer and enterprise PCs around the world. Security Essentials provides Malware protection in addition to Anti-Virus protection, making it possibly the best free anti virus tool available.

Is Security Essentials the Best Free Anti Virus Product?

You don’t need to pay for Home, or Small Business, Anti Virus software

Microsoft are the latest company to to make their Anti Virus products free for home users. Several other anti-virus providers, probably the best knows is AVG Free, have a version of their Anti Virus software which can be used for free on Home PC’s. In a recent update Microsoft have now made Security Essentials available free of charge to Small Businesses with up to 10 PC’s.

Is Security Essentials the Best Free Anti Virus product?

Well its certainly at least as good as the other Free Anti Virus products, if not the best free anti virus product that we have tried. Security Essentials is based on the Forefront technology that is used by hundreds of thousands of Microsoft enterprise customers, so it has a lot of research behind it.

Installing Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials Website To get your copy of  the Free Anti Virus product from Microsoft click on the ‘Security Essentials, Free Download’ graphic above.

This connect to the Internet and display the Microsoft Security Essentials site, where you can either download and install Security Essentials or you can find out more about the product by watching the video.

Click on the Download Now button and follow the instructions to complete the installation.

You can see the steps outlined for the download and installation, for what is possibly the best free anti virus product available, in the process below:-

Download Security Essentials

Download Microsoft Security EssentialsAfter you have selected to Download Microsoft Security Essentials you will see the screen to the left.

Confirm the Language version that you want to download and then click on the Operating System Version that you are using. XP 32 bit, Vista/Windows 7 32 bit or 64 bit.

Once you have confirmed your Operating System Version, in the download screen,  then the download of Security Essentials will start automatically.

Note: you may get the ‘Standard’ Windows file download warning, you can safely ignore this warning message and proceed with the download.

The Download Process

Download  Microsoft Security Essentials for Free

The file will then be downloaded for you to save locally on your computer. Make sure that you note where the file is downloaded to, as you may need this information later on.

Once the download has completed you should select the option to run the installation file and then follow the detailed on-screen instructions. This will ensure that Microsoft Security Essentials is installed and configure correctly and that the latest updates are applied to ensure that your home computer  is protected by, what is possibly, the best free anti virus product available.

The instructions on screen will guide you though the installation process and make sure that Security Essentials has the latest updates installed.

Install Security Essentials

Accept the Security Essentials License TermsBefore you can proceed with the installation process You will need to accept the Microsoft End User License Agreement (EULA).

You should, of course, read the ELUA before you accept and agree to it, by pressing the I accept Button.

Once you have accepted the EULA then Microsoft Security Essentials will verify that you are using a genuine version of Windows before continuing the installation process.

Should you be  using a pirate, or unauthorised, version of Windows the installation will terminate at this point as Microsoft Security Essentials will only install on a system which passes the validation process.

Note: Microsoft does not collect any information during the Validation process which can be used to identify who you are, neither do they ask for any contact information such as an email address.

Operating System Validation

Remove other AV productsPress the Validate > Button to continue with the Validation process. This will verify that your versions of Microsoft Windows is a genuine version and that it has a valid license.

Once the validation of your Windows Operating System has been confirmed you can start the installation by pressing the Install > Button.

Once you have pressed the Install Button then the installation process will start and a Status Bar will be displayed, showing you the progress of the installation.

This will continue to update during the installation of Microsoft Security Essentials.

Security Definition Updates

Installed & ScanningAfter the installation process has completed the Computer Status will be set to ‘At Risk’ whilst the virus and spyware definitions are updated to the latest version.

Whilst your computer remains At Risk the Status Line will be bright red, to indicate that you are not currently fully protected.

This process will always happen as there will have been additional anti virus and anti malware updates which have been issued since Microsoft Security Essentials was packaged. The security updates will take a few moments to download and install.

Once the definitions have been updated the status line will change to Green and the status will be set to protected. At the same time a Quick Scan of the computer will be carried out. The status of the scan will be updated as things progress.

Updates

The Update Tab will show you the version of the virus and spyware definitions and also show when they were last updated. If you want you can manually update the definitions, or more likely you will set the updates to take place on a regular schedule.
Computer Protected

Once the initial scan is completed then you are protected from Viruses.  Security Essentials will automatically update the virus definitions on a regular basis.

One of the advantages of the Free Anti virus products is the fact there there isn’t a subscription which can expire. So the virus and spyware definitions should always be up to date, so it truly should be a ‘set it and forget it’ product.

In another post we will discuss how to configure and use Microsoft Security Essentials to ensure that you are always up to date and protected for viruses and malware. This will help you to get the most out of Microsoft Security Essentials and show you that it is, possibly, the best free anti virus product available.

Is Security Essentials the Best Free Anti Virus Product?

We certainly think its one of the Best Free Anti Virus products that you can get. Why not let us know your experiences with Security Essentials by filling out the Comments below.

* Microsoft Security Essentials is available at no charge for Home customers who are verified to have a copy of genuine Windows in select countries. No registration or personal information is required, only automatic verification of your genuine Windows installation.

Need security for your business?

Microsoft Security Essentials is now  available for small businesses with up to 10 PCs. If your business has more than 10 PCs, you can protect your computers with Microsoft Forefront Client Security.

Do you think that Microsoft Security Essentials is the Best Free Anti Virus Product available, let us know.

AVG Enter the Android Security Market

AVG, the well known Anti Virus maker, have entered the Android Security market and gone mobile with their products as they announced that they have bought DroidSecurity.

More about the buyout on the AVG Blog at http://product-team.blog.avg.com/2010/11/avg-goes-mobile-with-droidsecurity-purchase.html

What is Android Security?

Android Security with AntiVirusFree Download Link

So what is Android Security and why should you care? Android Security is more than just Anti-Virus for your Android phone. AntiVirusFree is available from DroidSecurity to improve your Android Security for Mobile Phones and tablet devices and covers:

  • Anti Virus Scans
  • Malware checks when downloading to your Android Device
  • Website checks when browsing
  • Checks on email and SMS Messages for Malware
  • SMS Spam protection
  • Locate Lost or Stolen devices, if they are GPS enabled
  • Remotely lock your  Android device, if its been stolen
  • Wipe the content of your phone remotely
  • Manage Android Applications Remotely

You get all of the above features for FREE and provide similar functions to HTC Sense on the HTC Desire range. There is a Pro version, which costs $9.99 and adds adds additional SMS Security features along with Premium Support. Download AntiVirusFree to improve your Android Security by following the links or by clicking on the AntiVirusFree logo, above.

Mobile Control for Android Security

There is a Mobile Control Panel which controls all of the remote management features to enhance your Android Security. The control panel features would also make the product very attractive to Businesses who are looking for an alternative to the Blackberry, but want to maintain device and application manageability.

So why did AVG buy DroidSecurity?

Of the 100,000 plus apps currently available on the Android market, DroidSecurity antivirus free consistently ranks in the top 50 most popular apps. It estimates that over 10% of all Android mobile devices today use DroidSecurity, making it the largest provider of anti-virus apps for the Android market and among the fastest growing apps today.

CEO of AVG, JR Smith says:

“Our acquisition of DroidSecurity will accelerate the delivery of sophisticated mobile security so that Internet users around the world have the reliable and secure technology they need to securely mitigate the risks associated with mobile device usage.”

Getting a foothold in the Android Security market is a good move for AVG, I am sure we will hear more of AVG as they move further into Android Security.

What is Malware?

The term Malware is generally accepted to be a short form of the words Malicious software. This typically encompasses multiple categories of software such as viruses, trojans, worms, spyware, etc. The goal of malware is to install software that can destroy your data, effect your computer’s performance, cause a crash or allow spammers to send email through your account. Typically the authors of Malware want to use your computer to send spam or phishing emails that will ultimately generate money for them.

How do I know if my PC is infected with Malware?

“My Anti-Virus software doesn’t show any problems, so how do I know if I have any Malware installed?” Unfortunately most antivirus software doesn’t recognise malware, or if it does then it doesn’t do a good job of cleaning up the malware.

What is the best way to get rid of malware?

malware removal with malwarebytesThere are several good products available to identify and remove Malware from your computer. The best and most effective Anti Malware software that I am aware of is Malwarebytes which is available in 2 versions. Both versions of Malwarebytes are fully functional, the two versions are:-

  1. Malwarebytes Free edition
  2. Malwarebytes Full version (approx £16.00)

Both versions perform full scans and will remove malware from your computer, so you get to try the full capabilities of the product without having to hand over your credit card information. The main difference is that activating the full version unlocks real-time protection, scheduled scanning, and scheduled updating.

Note: Anti-Malware software isn’t intended to replace your anti-virus software, it should be used in conjunction with a traditional anti-virus product – like Microsoft Security Essentials.

Can I Automate Anti Malware Software?

The short answer is yes, you can automate anti malware scans and clean up. You can buy a full copy of Malwarebytes, so that you can schedule the scans and updates.

Another option is to use a Systems Management solution, like SystemAssure, which provides full automation for anti-virus and anti-malware scans and cleanup, alongside monitoring and management.