Kaspersky Lab delivers ultimate protection for the most dangerous threats in the new versions of its flagship consumer products

28 Aug 2012
Product news

Kaspersky Lab announces the release of its new flagship consumer products: Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 Premium Security Suite; and Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 Essential Protection Solution. The new versions of both products share the refined, easy-to-use interface and deliver new technologies to provide maximum protection against all kinds of threats. In response to the ever-changing threat landscape, particular attention has been paid to the security of potentially vulnerable applications thanks to the unique Automatic Exploit Prevention technology. Users of the brand new version of Kaspersky Internet Security will also enjoy complete protection for their online purchases and online banking transactions, thanks to the easy-to-use Safe Money feature. Both products are fully compatible with the Windows 8 operating system, efficiently protecting applications and user data, whether in the classic or the new touch-friendly user interfaces.

Eugene Kaspersky, CEO and co-founder of Kaspersky Lab, commented: “When developing the new versions of our home user products we paid particular attention to the users’ needs as well as the threats they face. Knowing that the loss of sensitive data and money are the things that worry users most, we have developed an entire set of new protection technologies to address these concerns. Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 is now better than ever when it comes to protecting the most valuable information during online activities. With its Hybrid Protection approach and new Automatic Exploit Prevention and Safe Money technologies, Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 helps our customers build the most efficient security system that is also easy to set up and use.”

Main highlights

  • New antivirus engine with better detection rates for the entire scope of emerging cyber threats
  • Unique Automatic Exploit Prevention technology targets the most sophisticated threats utilizing vulnerabilities in popular software
  • Simplified user interface provides easier installation, activation and day-to-day use of the product
  • Better performance in key user scenarios and longer battery life for mobile computers

New Kaspersky Internet Security features

  • Unique Safe Money technology protects users’ money “at all costs” during online shopping and banking
  • New anti-spam module efficiently blocks unwanted mail, saving you time and hassle

Learn more about the key benefits of Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 in this infographic.

Technology behind the world-class security suite

Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 offers a number of brand new technologies, designed to combat the most widespread and sophisticated threats that target your personal data and bank accounts. Key among them are the unique Automatic Exploit Prevention and Safe Money technologies.

Protection from zero-day exploits

Automatic Exploit Prevention technology was designed to address some of the most sophisticated threats – those exploiting vulnerabilities in popular software. Exploits have long become the cybercriminals’ weapon of choice for performing online attacks known as ‘drive-by downloads’ - when a user gets infected just by visiting a certain webpage.
Automatic Exploit Prevention protects Kaspersky Lab’s customers against these types of exploits, including those that utilize so-called zero-day vulnerabilities. The latter are among the most dangerous, infecting the system using unknown or unpatched security flaws in popular software. Based on Kaspersky Lab’s vast experience in IT security, the Automatic Exploit Prevention technology is able to recognize unauthorized activity by an exploit without blocking the normal operation of a potentially vulnerable program such as your web browser, document viewer etc. Learn more in this white paper.

Secure online shopping and banking

Safe Money technology contains a diverse set of protection methods for when you deal with real money online. Such activity may include making purchases online, working with an electronic payment system like PayPal, or accessing your bank account from your computer.  Available in Kaspersky Internet Security 2013, this new feature provides enhanced protection for your banking operations. Here is how it works:

  • Switches automatically to special “Safe Browser” mode when you visit banking websites; this isolates your payment operation from other online activities to ensure your transaction is not monitored
  • Activates automatically when visiting most common payment websites, and you can easily add your own bank or shopping website to the list
  • Checks the authenticity of the payment website itself to ensure the site isn’t compromised or a fake
  • Safe Money evaluates the security status of your computer, and warns about significant threats that should be addressed prior to making payments
  • Virtual Keyboard ensures tamper-proof entry of your password or credit card number

Learn more in this white paper.

New and improved security features

Both Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 and Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 solutions share the new antivirus engine, which offers better detection of all types of malicious programs, including the most complex samples. Particularly, specific methods have been introduced to better fight complex and targeted threats by neutralizing attempts to embed malicious code into core system processes. At the same time, our new consumer products provide smaller and faster database updates thanks to certain parts of the antivirus databases being transferred to the cloud-based Kaspersky Security Network

Virtual Keyboard, designed to protect the most sensitive data against keyloggers when in Safe Money mode, has been bolstered with another technology called Secure Keyboard which utilizes a special keyboard driver to prevent malware from logging keystrokes. To further protect users from phishing websites, both products now feature a new anti-phishing module that features automatic updates and improved heuristic detection of websites that try to steal your password and other valuable data. Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 also features a new anti-spam engine, providing the most reliable detection of unwanted messages in your email account.

Fully compatible with Windows 8

Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 and Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 are fully compatible with the new Windows 8 operating system from Microsoft. Kaspersky Lab offers full protection for Windows 8 users, with enhanced security for applications in the new touch-friendly interface and support for all the new safety features of the operating system itself. The new Kaspersky Now application gives Windows 8 users a quick overview of their PC’s security status and makes it possible to launch key features of Kaspersky Anti-Virus and Kaspersky Internet Security directly from the new user interface. This app is available free of charge in the Windows Store. There is more information about Windows 8 compatibility in this whitepaper.

Better performance and out-of-the-box protection

Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 and Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 feature an updated user interface which has been designed with the users’ needs in mind. From installation to the main window and settings, the new Kaspersky products deliver a clean, streamlined experience with fewer clicks and pop-up menus. Both products can be fine-tuned to suit the needs or preferences of more advanced users. The installation process has been accelerated too, and now features automatic product activation in selected regions.

To learn more about the new products, visit the Kaspersky Lab website:

Kaspersky Internet Security 2013: http://www.kaspersky.com/internet-security

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013: http://www.kaspersky.com/anti-virus

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