Trend Micro Security 2017 now available

New range of software offers expanded capabilities, targets modern-day threats

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Trend Micro Security 2017 now available Chen: The best defence is a good offense.
By  David Ndichu Published  September 15, 2016

Trend Micro has released the 2017 version of Trend Micro Security.

The new range of software has expanded capabilities that safeguard users from ransomware, malicious threats, identity theft and new malware varieties by providing reliable protection against 250 million threats a day, the company says.

Trend Micro’s security solution defends users against well-known dangers, but also addresses the risks of new attacks, including “ransomware,” which locks computers or mobile devices and can encrypt files, holding them for ransom unless victims pay a set fee. Attackers can then delete photos and documents, or permanently lock a computer.

“Cybercriminals are everywhere, watching and waiting for their next victim to get too comfortable and relaxed with their digital footprint,” said Eva Chen, CEO, Trend Micro. “With Internet accessibility at the push of a button, falling into a ransomware trap or finding your devices riddled with viruses is easier than ever. We think the best defence is a good offense. Our security software ensures users are fully protected and able to access the Internet without fear of losing their private information, identity or money.”

With the growing presence of ransomware and other malicious threats, the latest version of Trend Micro Security provides an additional layer of protection for valuable files and memories. Its security features block ransomware threats lurking on compromised websites, hidden in spammed emails, or wrapped in other malware. Trend Micro’s new Folder Shield feature also prevents ransomware from maliciously encrypting irreplaceable PC files.

It’s important to keep mobile devices protected as well. Android mobile ransomware threats have grown 15 times higher than they were in April 2015. Mobile ransomware masquerades as a legitimate app or can be distributed to visitors of pornographic sites, forum sites, SMS texting spam, and third party app stores (No ransomware currently found on Google Play app store). While ransomware for PCs still outpace Android ransomware quantity, these malicious mobile threats are infiltrating homes in clever ways like infecting Android-based Smart-TVs (as first reported by Trend Micro).

Trend Micro Mobile Security for Android, included with select Trend Micro Security subscriptions, delivers 99.9 percent malicious app detection and keeps its users safe from ransomware attacks while online. In addition to tailoring new and updated mobile security features to protect specifically against ransomware, Mobile Security now offers new defences, including notifying users before connecting to an unsecured wireless network and scanning apps for vulnerabilities.

These vulnerabilities could be exploited by cybercriminals hijacking mobile phones or files. Mobile Security also blocks users of WhatsApp from dangerous links, helping keep them safe from identity theft.

 “As technology and cybercrime continue to evolve, so do the security threats that come with it,” said Chen. “It’s our goal to not only continue offering our customers the best in threat defence, but to also stay ahead of the curve and ensure our customers are able to safely enjoy all facets of an online, cloud-connected life. We believe Trend Micro Security for 2017 provides the comprehensive protection needed in today’s digital landscape.”

The new Trend Micro Security portfolio will be available online and in stores from September 14th.

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