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Kaspersky Lab introduces new security software

Kaspersky Lab this week introduced the latest versions of its highly-acclaimed anti-virus and Internet security software. Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2012 ($59.95) and Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 ($79.95) are both available as downloads or boxed software and can secure up to 3 home PCs for one year.

The new products continue Kaspersky’s hybrid approach to security by combining PC software with cloud-based services. Kaspersky’s Senior Director of Product Marketing, Peter Beardmore, explained that incorporating cloud features into the products has improved the speed at which the company reacts to cyber threats.

“Today’s threats really come on fast, making most of their damage inside the first couple of hours of existence, “ said Beardmore. “So having a mechanism to deliver threat information on as a fast a manner as possible is critically important.”

One of the most noticeable changes in the new versions of the programs in the user interface. The new software employs a dashboard approach, immediately notifying the user whether the software is running, whether the database is up-to-date, and whether any threats exist.

At the bottom of the dashboard is a scrolling menu for quick access to the software’s main features. There is less emphasis on defining and categorizing the various features and more on accessibility and quick action.

Other new features in the programs include URL advisor, which flags search results as safe, dangerous, or uncategorized, and vulnerability scanning, which scans applications for vulnerabilities and makes suggestions for fixes.

As always, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2012 and Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 are quick and easy to install. Both programs will scan for conflicting security software, so it is best to remove any other security programs before installation. The default settings of both programs will serve the majority of people’s needs, so they is rarely a need to reconfigure once installation is complete.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 includes the advanced suite of parental controls that was introduced with Kaspersky PURE Total Security, but it doesn’t include that software’s central management feature for parental controls across all PCs, or the remote management tool. However, Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 comes with a free bonus mobile security package for smartphones, which has a value of $29.95.

Check back next week for a full review of both Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2012 and Kaspersky Internet Security 2012.

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