What's New in Avast Antivirus 2016?
Avast 2016 has arrived, and the overall performance and user-friendliness of this highly-rated security software have been improved. New versions for PC, Mac and mobile devices are available. Some new features are included even with the free edition, and the mobile version has converted many of its premium features to freebies. Read on to learn more about the latest version of Avast antivirus...
Avast 2016 - New and Improved
Avast 2016 is now available in four versions whose cost ranges from zero to $69.99 per year ($49.99 as of this writing). I've been using Avast Antivirus for a couple of years now, and it keeps getting better. The 2016 editions are faster, friendlier, and feature fresh functions to foil felons. Here are the details...
For starters, the user interface now provides for easier control of settings. Feedback can be provided directly from the user interface pages, facilitating bug reports, feature requests, and suggestions.
A new password manager, creatively named “Passwords,” has been added to all versions of Avast 2016. It stores and manages passwords for Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, enabling automatic logins and form-filling. It also checks the strength of your passwords and includes a password generator to help you improve password security. It can sync password and form-filling data across devices.
Avast Home Network Security (HNS), also included in every version, now scans for more types of vulnerabilities on your router and home network. Its reports are more detailed and helpful than in last year’s introductory version of HNS.
Avast Setup is easier and faster. But take your time anyway. One of the default setup options is to share data with Avast and third-party services. This feature allows Avast to receive reports of potentially dangerous files and websites you encounter and share that info with its other security partners. This helps Avast maintain a crowd-and-cloud-based catalog of online threats, and provide better protection for all users. Avast says they will remove anything that identifies you personally before sending such reports. If this bothers you, disable sharing during setup by unchecking a box, or later through the Settings menu.
Avast Mobile is free, and will protect your Android, iPhone or iPad devices from the more than 2,850 new threats discovered each day. It also includes the ability to find your lost or stolen mobile gadget, filter calls and messages, clean out junk files, improve battery life, and remove ransomware.
The free Avast Mac Security promises to protect your computer, your money, and your identity. The details on the Avast website are bit vague, but the picture shows a File System Shield, Mail Shield, and Web Shield to protect against phishing, router hijacking and other threats.
SmartScan, SafeZone and SecureLine
SmartScan now integrates the Antivirus, Software Updater, Browser Cleanup, Home Network Security, Cleanup, and Passwords. One click does everything and presents a comprehensive security profile of your system, router, and home network.
Avast SafeZone Browser replaces the old SafeZone feature to protect you during online shopping, banking, and other financial transactions. It includes a Pay Mode that isolates your browser in a virtual “sandbox” so that keyloggers and other spyware cannot monitor and capture login credentials, credit card details, and other sensitive data. SafeZone Browser is not available in the free version; it first appears in the $34.95/year Avast Internet Security version, and all other paid versions.
All paid versions of Avast also include SecureLine VPN, Sandbox for testing unknown software in an isolated memory environment, and SecureDNS that provides an encrypted channel to Avast’s private DNS servers.
A few features are only available in the higher-priced versions. Avast Internet Security ($39.99/year) adds Anti-Spam technology, a software Firewall, and SafeZone for rogue website detection. The Premier version ($49.99) adds a software updater and data shredder to completely erase data from a hard drive so that it cannot be recovered.
Avast consistently ranks high in independent tests of its threat detection and eradication capabilities. Its “silent/gaming” mode eliminates unnecessary notifications, and its parsimonious consumption of system resources also helps keep Avast unobtrusive.
I use the free version of Avast (along with occasional scans with the free version of MBAM) and it has served me well. But I'm very security-conscious and vigilant when I go online. If you share a computer with kids or others who are likely to click on anything that moves, one of the paid versions may be a good investment.
What Internet security software do you use? Your thoughts on this topic are welcome. Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 10 Dec 2015
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