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Webroot SecureAnywhere “2014” adds new detection engine, real-time antiphishing

09 October 2013, Mike Williams

Security vendor Webroot has announced the release of the latest updates to its SecureAnywhere product range. And while the new builds are officially described as the rather low-key “version 8.0.4.17”, this is no minor upgrade: with more than 4,000 improvements across the product, many significant, it’s effectively Webroot SecureAnywhere 2014.

One particular highlight sees all SecureAnywhere editions now including real-time antiphishing. There’s no reliance on database checks to figure out whether a site is safe; SecureAnywhere analyses sites as you access them, automatically detecting and blocking anything dangerous.

A new threat detection engine, Webroot Infrared, uses data from the cloud-based Webroot Intelligence Network to better detect zero-day malware.

A simplified interface ensures you can access most SecureAnywhere functions in a couple of clicks

The previous Core Shield, Behavior Shield, and Zero Day Shields have been replaced by an all-in-one Realtime Shield, while a new Rootkit Shield offers better protection against stealthy threats.

A new option to “detect potentially unwanted applications” helps to find and remove all kinds of possible risks: programs to detect browser or email passwords, say. This can be annoying for technical users who regularly download low-level tools, but fortunately it’s easy to turn off (Settings > Scan Settings).

Elsewhere, a redesigned interface aims to simplify program use; resource use has been cut; malware cleanup and detection is better, and of course there’s full compatibility with Windows 8.1.

SecureAnywhere is available in three flavours. Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus ($39.99) includes the core antivirus and antiphishing engines; Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Plus ($59.99) adds password management, and protection for Android and iOS devices; and Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Complete ($79.99) adds extra privacy tools, and an online backup/ file sync service with 25GB of free space.

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