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Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 introduces exploit prevention, safer online banking technologies

24 August 2012, Mike Williams

The betas are over, the final bugs squashed (well, hopefully), and Kaspersky Lab has just revealed the final versions of Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 and Kaspersky Internet Security 2013.

And while outwardly the new packages look very similar to the previous versions, explore a little further and there are some useful additions and improvements to be found.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 now protects your online banking, shopping and payment services with “Safe Money”, for instance, a reworking of the previous Safe Run technology. Go to pay for an eBay item, say, and the program will automatically detect you’re heading to a sensitive URL, verify the site’s authenticity, open it in a protected browser, and provide a virtual keyboard to help you bypass keyloggers.

Safe Money will automatically protect many banking and payment sites

We’re yet to fully test this technology, but it’s already received a glowing report, with Matousec reporting that Safe Money blocked 100% of their attacks in a recent trial.

Both Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 and Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 now include Kaspersky’s Automatic Exploit Prevention engine, which uses a combination of techniques to prevent malware from using even zero-day software vulnerabilities to infect your PC. A white paper on the Kaspersky site explains some of the background.

And there are plenty of worthwhile improvements to be found elsewhere. Phishing site detection is more reliable, for instance; the spam filter is more accurate; browser compatibility has been extended, both programs use less system resources, and they’ve been optimised to have a reduced impact on Windows and application launch times.

If you’d like to know more about Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 in particular then check out our full review for the details.

Or, if you’d prefer just to check out the programs for yourself, 30-day trial versions of Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 and Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 are available now.

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