January 22, 2013 | Press Releases

ESET Releases its Sixth Generation with ESET Social Media Scanner; Offers Social Media Tips

ESET, the leader in proactive digital protection - developing award-winning technology for more than 25 years, has just released the latest versions of its flagship products: ESET Smart Security® 6
and ESET NOD32® Antivirus 6. ESET Smart Security 6 is All-in-One Internet security, while ESET NOD32 Antivirus 6 is fast and powerful antivirus solution. Both versions feature ESET Social Media Scanner.


ESET Social Media Scanner protects social media users from malicious content, including their profile, wall, newsfeed and private messages, even when the user is not logged in. If an infection is found, a notification arrives by email, so that immediate action can be taken. The app also helps the user’s friends stay a safe distance from malicious content, checking their walls for potentially dangerous links.


However, even the best of protection installed on your computer has to be accompanied with responsible online behavior. That is why ESET Security Evangelist Stephen Cobb has put together five useful tips on how to be even more protected while browsing Facebook and other social media.


1. Think before you click
.
Why? Because not every link you coem across in social media is what it seems, some links are scams, particularly wild or salacious news stories. Note: It is often safer to Google the subject of a link or type a website’s main URL into a browser instead of clicking the link.


2. Don’t post personal details you wouldn’t want your mother to see.

Why? Despite privacy controls, it is almost impossible to control what happens to things you post on social media, so your mother may see it at some point. Note: You need to review your privacy settings on social media on a regular basis as they may change.


3. Only accept friends you trust enough to invite to dinner.

Why? Accepting friend requests from people you don’t know and trust puts your reputation at risk. Note: Make sure you understand the “friends of friends” settings on your social networks.


4. Don’t spread links or posts without checking.

Why? Sharing information and links without verifying them is risky. You may be tricked into spreading inappropriate or even malicious content. Note: Verify news stories on a proper news website before sharing them on social media.


5. Expect anything you put on social media to live on.

Why? Even if you delete something, it may have been seen and saved already. Note: Anyone who sees a photograph you share can capture a copy on their device and do whatever they want with it.

 



About ESET

ESET®, the pioneer of proactive protection and the maker of the award-winning NOD32® technology with more than a quarter of century, is a global provider of security solutions for businesses and consumers. The Company continues to lead the industry in proactive threat detection. By obtaining the 75th VB100 award in September 2012, ESET NOD32® Antivirus holds the world record for the number of Virus Bulletin "VB100” Awards, and has never missed a single “In-the-Wild” worm or virus since the inception of testing in 1998. ESET has been selected as one of the most innovative companies in Europe for the 2011 HSBC European Business Awards and holds number of accolades from AV-Comparatives, AV-TEST and other organizations. ESET NOD32® Antivirus, ESET Smart Security® and ESET Cyber Security® (solution for Mac) are trusted by millions of global users and are among the most recommended security solutions in the world.


The Company has global headquarters in Bratislava (Slovakia), with regional distribution centers in San Diego (U.S.), Buenos Aires (Argentina), and Singapore; with offices in Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Prague (Czech Republic). ESET® has malware research centers in Bratislava, San Diego, Buenos Aires, Singapore, Prague, Košice (Slovakia), Krakow (Poland), Montreal (Canada), Moscow (Russia) and an extensive partner network for more than 180 countries.