Avast Adds Fresh Security Tech Into AVG 2017 Suite

AVG anti-virus and Internet security software has been given an overhaul for 2017 by its mother company Avast, offering a fresh set of security and PC tune-up tools.

Following its acquisition of AVG in 2006, cyber security firm Avast has wasted no time in tweaking the AVG portfolio for the New Year. AVG FREE, Internet Security and TuneUp software all receive a nip and tuck, which adds in Avast’s security expertise with that of AVG.

AVG in 2017

The company claims the new AVG portfolio can protects against ‘zero-second’ malware, which basically means real-time protection for emerging threats thanks to the ability to use Avast’s CyberCapture, a proprietary, cloud-based smart file scanner. AVG has also been tweaked to better protect against ransomware, hacking, and aims to ensure private data remains just so.

The portfolio also come complete with a new user interface, which Avast touts as very easy to install and navigate.

On the whole, the AVG suite doesn’t look to have erred to far from its roots, but the addition of support from Avast should help AVG ensure its software is equipped to deal with existing and emerging security threats.

“The combination of AVG and Avast threat detection and analysis capabilities gives us unparalleled insight into cybercrime trend,” said Vince Steckler, chief executive at Avast.

“We tracked, for example, that ransomware alone increased by over 105 percent between 2015 and 2016 and, based on our data, predict that this is only going to soar.

“Consumer awareness of security exploits is also at its height given the many ransomware and hacking incidents reported last year. In an age where we are all connecting more of the time, security is becoming a conscious decision and we encourage people to pick the products that are right for their particular needs.”

All this detection is good, but there appears to be a growing fatigue towards security alerts that have people adopt a nonchalant ambivalence towards such notifications, demonstrating there is an element of security fatigue seeping into the IT world.

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Roland Moore-Colyer

As News Editor of Silicon UK, Roland keeps a keen eye on the daily tech news coverage for the site, while also focusing on stories around cyber security, public sector IT, innovation, AI, and gadgets.

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