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Webcam, cryptomalware protection highlight Kaspersky’s 2015 solutions

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Security vendor Kaspersky Lab has released its updated product lineup for home users, which includes Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2015, Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 and Kaspersky Internet Security – Multi-Device 2015.

According to Kaspersky, the solutions are designed to protect Windows, Apple OS X and Android devices from new and existing threats, and incorporate several new technologies designed to safeguard customer data, privacy and financial transactions.

One new feature is webcam protection, which monitors which applications attempt to access the webcam, lets users know of attempts, and allows web cam access to be blocked. The vendor says webcam hacking is one way malware is used for online spying and invasion of privacy, often with no notice from users.

A new Wi-Fi Security Notification module in the 2015 products verifies the security of Wi-Fi hotspots and alerts users to potential threats, and the new System Watcher tool helps protect users from cryptomalware, which encrypts files and demands a ransom to restore them. This new feature makes a backup of a file when suspicious activity is noted, allowing it to be restored without a ransom.

On the enhancements front, the Safe Money tool now blocks third-party applications from accessing the Web browser clipboard. Automatic updates and upgrades have been enabled, the anti-phising module has been improved and the interface has been made uniform across products.

“Today’s threat landscape is persistently evolving and at Kaspersky Lab we’re continuously staying one step ahead of the cybercriminals. We provide our customers with the most advanced protection tools available, like the innovative Webcam Protection and System Watcher features, said Justin Priestley, senior vice-president, consumer sales with Kaspersky Lab North America. Our 2015 suite of products, especially Kaspersky Internet Security, is equipped with technologies that have proven to be effective not only in independent tests, but in the real-world, protecting 300 million people across the globe.”

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The 2015 Kasperksy product lineup includes Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Internet Security — Multi-Device and are available now through the Kaspersky retail and reseller channels.