The boundless opportunities of living in the 21st century are countered by increased risk at every turn. We may have smart homes, but we need to consider how to protect them. We can purchase a new pair of shoes from a retailer in Australia, but how do we ensure our payment details aren’t at risk? And how can we be sure we’re protecting our passwords – and ultimately all of the private details – that are held in our emails, online banking accounts and social media profiles in order to maintain our privacy? Fortunately, ESET’s latest version of ESET Home Windows premium products – which include ESET Internet Security (EIS) and ESET Smart Security Premium (ESSP) – hold a myriad of new features designed to protect you from all of this and more.
Protecting the smart home of the future
One of the most exciting features of EIS and ESSP is the Connected Home Monitor – with brand-new functionality to ensure the protection of your network, as it supports connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices in your home. We’re already starting to use more IoT devices in the home, and this is only set to increase as basic household functions, like lighting, appliances and security systems, start to become interconnected and operated by one central system. Current predictions claim that there will be around 154 million smart homes in Europe and North America by 2021, and ESET’s latest software is leading the way in the protection of our future homes through a raft of new and improved features.
The latest edition represents a huge step forward in allowing users to manage their multiple connected devices, ultimately giving users better control over this technology. The Connected Home Monitor also provides better connected-device detection and categorization and reveals what’s really happening on a user’s Wi-Fi network in order to protect the user from unknown threats. Keeping an eye on all devices that make up the smart home, ESET Smart Security Premium enables users to test their home routers for any device vulnerabilities within the home, such as weak passwords or out-of-date firmware.
Guarding your privacy
Privacy has become one of society’s biggest concerns. With the advent of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other privacy regulations, governments are making headway in addressing the issue, but there’s no harm in making sure you also look after yourself.
To help with this, ESET Home Windows products offer anti-phishing software that protects your privacy and IT assets against attempts by fake websites to acquire sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords or banking details. Furthermore, ESET Smart Security Premium's Secure Data functionality encrypts your files and removable media, providing ultra-secure safeguards for your data while also protecting you in case of data theft or laptop loss.
Managing your passwords with the latest technology
Further improvements to ESET Smart Security Premium include the password manager functionality, which now includes two-factor authentication (2FA) to make access to passwords more secure. 2FA is a highly effective yet simple technology that adds a layer of security by requiring additional information for you to gain access to your account. For example, after inputting information to make a payment online, you’re then asked for an additional code generated from something physical that you have with you – such as an SMS sent to your mobile phone that contains a one-time password.
Looking after your digital experience
ESET has always prided itself on creating software that offers the best balance of detection, usability and speed, all provided within the product’s low system footprint. This key aspect is retained in the new software. It means that the software doesn’t just protect users but also improves their experience. This is particularly true for gamers who can keep running their programs without interruption, and with system updates and notifications being postponed in order to save the computer’s resources. We know it’s not easy to stay cyber safe at all times, and we all may fall down on this sometimes, so consider using one of ESET's home security solutions as the best way to ensure your protection online from now on.