Self-generating passwords and better mobile malware protection now on offer
Avast has unveiled the latest edition of its free security software, packing more features into its mobile and PC offerings.
Among the features in Avast’s newest products are self-generating passwords, a safe browser zone and extended protection against mobile malware.
The security company says the new releases, which are available to download from today, will help reduce the complexity that typically comes with protecting private, personal information online, whether it’s using a PC or mobile device.
Avast 2016, the company’s PC product, will feature the above-mentioned Avast Passwords feature, which will automatically generate passwords that users don’t have to remember, instead needing to only remember one main password to access all their passwords, synchronize passwords across devices, check the security of a user’s password and delete all passwords stored in a user’s browser.
The feature will also alert users if their credentials are stolen in a data breach, and allow users to sync their passwords across different platforms, including iOS and Android devices, simply by connecting their devices through their Avast Account.
Avast 2016 also includes SafeZone Browser, which introduces a new ‘Pay Mode’ when browsing, which isolates all banking and payment sites in a protected space while also automatically opening suspicious sites into an isolated, virtual environment.
As for Avast Mobile Security, the company’s new Android service provides users with what it says is the most advanced mobile malware protection available, which it has made even faster with Avast’s own cloud scanning engine.
Other features include informing the user about which data certain apps have access to and which ad networks are included in each, notifications when connecting to an unsecure router, and the ability to password protect any and all apps on a device.
On iOS devices, the new Avast SecureMe app also includes Wi-Fi security features, as well as the ability to establish a secure VPN connection when the user connects to open Wi-Fi.
“While people are rightfully concerned about privacy, there is a disconnect between that concern and the steps they take to protect themselves,” said Vince Steckler, Avast chief executive officer.
“Users have a multitude of devices and passwords to keep track of, which can be overwhelming. When users feel overwhelmed, they tend to default to unsafe practices that put their privacy at risk.”
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