Kaspersky Anti-Hacker – Optimal Protection For Your Home PC
Kaspersky Labs broadens its line of information security products.
Kaspersky Labs, an international data-security software developer, announces the release of its personal firewall – Kaspersky Anti-Hacker – an optimal solution ensuring the reliable defense of home computers against hacker attacks and preventing unauthorized access to personal data.
These days information technology has become an integral part of our daily activities. Hundreds of millions of people the world over use information technology to carry out a myriad of tasks. However, despite the benefits of information automation there are also risks coming from a wide spectrum threats, among which are malicious programs, the unauthorized outflow of private data, the loss of confidentiality etc. No less is the danger posed by hacker attacks via the Internet, the sheer volume and diversity of which can simply paralyze unprotected computers. “Computers have 65536 “doors” (ports), through which hackers can enter and gain access to not only confidential data but even take full control of a PC”, commented Natalya Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Labs, “Therefore using anti-virus software alone is simply not enough. Taking into consideration the requirements of our customers, we developed Kaspersky Anti-Hacker, a personal firewall for home computers designed to ensure maximum transparency for Internet access while providing maximum protection for people who are not information security experts and don’t have time to mess around with complicated solutions. Our main goal was to ensure protection while making the product’s operation as undetectable and user-friendly as possible”.
Kaspersky Anti-Hacker is a filter operating between personal computers and the Internet that checks all incoming and outgoing data streams and permits only safe data and actions. In this way, the system, on one hand protects against hacker attacks from external networks and from the other regulates Internet application access, thus preventing the unauthorized outflow of information even if the system becomes infected with the most advanced backdoor Trojan programs. A fundamental feature of this new product is its simplicity. “When we began development we understood that the market is full of like products. Therefore the first step we took was to survey home users. The responses we received made it clear to us that most users feel the current products out there require too much knowledge and expertise, causing them to waste a lot of time educating themselves in order to correctly install and configure the software. Our product is a successful combination of simplicity and functionality that protects users against outside threats while not requiring any expert knowledge. This product is for busy managers who don’t have time to play around with settings options as well as for inexperienced home users”, said Alexey Kalgin, Kaspersky Anti-Hacker project manager.
Kaspersky Anti-Hacker gives users the ability to define filtration rules for each Internet application, data stream (TCP, UDP, ICMP among others), specific IP addresses, Web-addresses and ports. Users can choose from among five preset levels of protection and avoid wasting time learning about configuration specific details. Once a security level is chosen the program itself applies all the necessary settings. At the same time, for advanced users there is the possibility to control all settings manually. Additionally, the program has a “self-learning” feature that automatically sets up Kaspersky Anti-Hacker according to a computer’s installed applications. When creating new rules or modifying old ones all alterations are accepted “on-the-fly”, thus system restart is not required for any settings to become effective.
An important product feature is the data interceptor working on the network protocol level that allows information filtration before processing by other applications. Destructive code targeted at specific programs or operating systems will be caught before gaining access and neutralized, thus letting programs and operating systems receive only safe data. In this way Kaspersky Anti-Hacker provides 100% protection from the most common forms of hacker attack, including port scans, “Ping Of Death” and DoS (Denial of Service) attacks.
Integrated in the program is a unique technology designed to control all computer port activity. Thanks to this protection, systems become fully “invisible” to the outside and hackers simply cannot detect anything to attack, rendering all attempts to gain access doomed to failure.
Kaspersky Anti-Hacker produces a detailed report regarding the filtration of incoming and outgoing data streams. This report may be easily configured to suit any user’s individual requirements. All critical events are recorded and immediately sent to the user. Due to the product’s highly effective data processing system, the program does not noticeably affect computer performance nor slow down system applications.
The unique functionality of Kaspersky Anti-Hacker is the result of analyzing current requirements for personal firewalls and adapting the appropriate solutions for use on the computers of average home users. “Our product is exceptionally easy to use and has only the functionality that is actually needed by home users. The program ensures reliable protection while not burdening users with excess functions that he or she will never use anyway”, commented Natalya Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Labs.
>>> Pricing and availability:
Kaspersky Anti-Hacker (English, German and French versions) is available in Kaspersky Labs online store at
http://www.kaspersky.com/buyonline.html?chapter=557092&tgroup=2. The price is US$39/EUR 39.95.