F-Secure SAFE to support Windows 10, adds Network Checker
F-Secure recently released an update for its F-Secure SAFE security software that will
enable it to support Windows 10 devices. F-Secure says the update will ensure that customers moving to the new Windows 10 operating system later this year will continue to benefit from F-Secure’s security software.
The company said the update adds a new network layer security tool called Network Checker, which is available to users running F-Secure SAFE on Windows Pcs.
Network Checker verifies the network settings that people use when they connect to the Internet to ensure those settings haven’t been altered to expose people to attacks. This is expected to add an advanced layer of protection, regardless if users are surfing from home or from a public Wi-Fi hotspot.
Samu Konttinen, F-Secure’s Executive Vice President of Consumer Security, commented on the update, “We’re thrilled to announce that F-Secure SAFE will support Windows 10. F-Secure SAFE gives people an easy to use, comprehensive security solution to online threats. People rely on SAFE to protect their devices, digital lives and families, and so we will continue to provide this protection after they upgrade to Windows 10.”
Microsoft has announced plans to release Windows 10 on July 29, 2015, and offer it as a free upgrade for anyone currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on their PCs.
Router hacking has become a popular modus operandi as “smart” devices continue to flood the market. Research indicates that tens of thousands of compromised routers are being used in the creation of botnets, which are integral components of large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. F-Secure Labs says that over 300,000 home or office routers were discovered to have altered settings in 2014.
David Hentunen, Senior Researcher at F-Secure, said that attackers have grown fond of routers and smart devices because people don’t identify them as potential risks. “Routers tend to be neglected, people set them up once, put them in a corner, and never think about them again. They don’t really think about doing firmware updates, or even changing the default passwords. This makes them easy targets for attackers, and hijacking one router will let attackers manipulate all the traffic that runs through it.”
F-Secure says that Network Checker runs in the background and checks the network at predefined intervals, or when it detects a change in the settings. While Network Checker is available to people who have installed F-Secure SAFE on Windows PCs, F-Secure’s on-demand Router Checker offers people using other devices a web-based tool with similar capabilities.
F-Secure says its SAFE release also offers several improvements for Mac, iOS and Android, and completes making F-Secure SAFE fully cloud security powered. According to the company, the new benefits include:
·Cloud-based reputation scanning for Macs that checks the reputation of files and websites in real-time
·A next generation version of F-Secure’s cloud-based malware scanning for Android that combines client and cloud-based anti-virus protection
·Redesigned parental controls for Android and iOS to improve the feature’s usability