Webroot SecureAnywhere 2013 is here. The new security suite from Webroot includes a variety of updates in the areas of performance, and the overall user experience. But, the most notable feature of SecureAnywhere 2013 is that it now also protects Mac OS X.
Let’s start with a look at SecureAnywhere in general. While the overall goal of the software is the same as competing antimalware and security suites, and it seems logical to compare them, SecureAnywhere is a whole new approach. Webroot completely threw out its flagship products, and started over by building SecureAnywhere around a more proactive philosophy based off the acquisition of Prevx.
The result is protection for your PCs and mobile devices that delivers blazing performance, and has virtually no impact on system resources compared with the traditional approach of rival products. The entire install occupies a mere 750KB—with a “K”—on your hard drive. It installs in seconds, and according to metrics from Webroot, the software uses 91 percent less memory than competitors, and completes full system scans in about a minute—116 times faster than average antimalware scans.
SecureAnywhere is a comprehensive security suite that includes a built-in firewall (only in Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013), identity and privacy protection, social network protection, and seven specialized security shields—three of which are new to SecureAnywhere 2013. The USB Shield blocks attacks and malware from removable drives, the Offline Shield protects the system against persistent threats even when it’s not connected to the Internet, and the Zero Day Shield identifies new or changing threats to defend against emerging attacks.
One of the benefits of SecureAnywhere is that it’s a single security solution that can protect multiple platforms, including PCs, as well as iOS and Android mobile devices. The biggest improvement in SecureAnywhere 2013, though, is the addition of Mac OS X as a supported platform.
Mac OS X has benefited for years from security by obscurity, but it has gained enough market share to capture the attention of attackers. Many Mac users are naïve when it comes to malware and online threats, and make the mistake of assuming Mac OS X is somehow inherently invulnerable. Attacks like MacDefender, and the Flashback Trojan were a wakeup call, though, and more users are starting to realize that their Mac needs protection, and SecureAnywhere is a solid option.
Users who invest in SecureAnywhere Complete 2013 also get the benefit of online backup and file syncing. Webroot provides 25GB of cloud-based storage, protected with strong encryption. Files can be securely stored and synced across devices, so data from a PC or Mac can be accessed from another PC or Mac, or even from an iOS or Android mobile device.
Webroot SecureAnywhere 2013 is available now, starting at $39.99.
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Tony is principal analyst with the Bradley Strategy Group, providing analysis and insight on tech trends. He is a prolific writer on a range of technology topics, has authored a number of books, and is a frequent speaker at industry events.
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