[Contest] 10 Licenses for ESET Smart Security 2015
[Update] The winners of this contest are:
I forwarded their details to ESET and tomorrow (Monday, 2nd March 2015) they will receive an email just like the one pictured below with an username/password for ESET. Congrats!
After offering Bitdefender Total Security 2015 now we’re back with an even better deal, ESET Smart Security 2015. I’ve always been a fan of ESET and loved their small resource usage footprint and it seems I had a good hunch since they are the world record holders for the most VB100 Awards. Virus Bulletin is an old organization (old as in from the beginnings of the Internet) that does professional antivirus tests. And they’re experts in their field. A VB100 award is given to an antivirus only if it doesn’t miss “In-the-Wild” worms/viruses. ESET currently holds 88 VB100 awards. By contrast, AVG (a popular antivirus too) failed 23 detection tests out of a total of 78, thus a staggering failure rate of almost 30%. Do you still trust it now?
To see I’m not burping bullshit, the graphic below shows how the top 18 antivirus producers rank by detection rate (obviously the higher the score the better):
So yes, ESET is a standard in the antivirus industry, and now is your chance to win one of 10 available licenses for ESET NOD32 Smart Security Suite 2015. Each license is a $40 value so you do the total math – pretty good given that you only have to sign-up and wait to see if you won. The conditions for participating are the same as for previous giveaways:
- Use the Rafflecopter widget below to participate. By default you are able to get one entry for doing an action, since there are 5 actions in total you can get a maximum of 5 chances.
- Contest lasts between Wednesday 25-Feb-2015 (12 a.m. GMT+2) and Sunday 1-Mar-2015 (12 a.m. GMT+2)
- Each license is valid for 1 year/1 device
- Anyone can participate
- Don’t cheat as Rafflecopter logs ip addresses too
Good luck, you can sign-up below:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
About ESET Smart Security Suite 2015
First of all, if you win the contest you will receive an username and a password that will give you free updates for virus subscriptions for one year. So if you’re eager to try Smart Security you can download and install their trial (which is valid for 1 month) and if you win simply replace the username/password from the trial version with the full version details you will receive.
Anyway, regarding the install, nothing unusual, everything goes smooth and fast. At the end of the installation (assuming you don’t have other antiviruses installed which you’ll need to uninstall prior to ESET) you’ll have a quick setup of picking up the type of network, public or home/work network. The difference is, for the public one network discovery is disabled so you won’t show up in the network. After it’s installed, the time to play around with the settings – if you want, if not you can leave the default ones which I found to be ok, nothing extra to do actually.
Here are the features/settings you can play around with:
- Real-time protection. ESET will scan thousands of files in real-time to protect important files such as those used by running applications or more important operating system files.
- HIPS. It’s not a body part, it’s the heuristic intrusion prevention system – basically included in most antiviruses nowadays as it allows them (ESET included) to detect potential threats even if they don’t have a malware signature in their database.
- Anti-Theft. If you enable this option, you’ll be able to locate and retrieve your device if it goes missing (stolen, not if it runs by itself).
- Gamer Mode. Hardcore (and softcore) gamers don’t want any annoyances while they are battling for their lives against who-knows-what demon. Thus, ESET has a gamer mode to disables pop-ups, notifications, updates and reduce CPU usage.
- Anti-Stealth protection. While Stealth Protection sounds cool, actually anti-stealth in this case is a sophisticated technology to help detect stealth malware such as rootkits that hide from the operating system. Yes, there is malware that smart.
- Personal firewall. ESET’s firewall will handle filtering of all network traffic based on the set of rules defined (you’ll get a prompt for instance if you want to allow an application external access).
- Network attack protection (IDS). Actually an intrusion detection system, this will monitor unusual network traffic that the firewall didn’t have intercept rules for and block if it finds it suspicious.
- Web access protection. Scans the urls from the websites you’re visiting to prevent malware downloads. Now your grandma can visit party-themed sites (i.e. lemon) without worrying it will degenerate into an awful life-changing event (just don’t google lemon party).
- Email client protection. Scans incoming and outgoing messages for malware attachments. Emails caught by this will be moved to an Infected folder.
- Antispam protection. Part of the email scanning process, ESET will detect if the message is spammy and block it.
- Anti-Phishing protection. Prevents phishing attacks and address spoofing.
- Parental control. No need to explain this any further, any parent knows what those controls are for and non-parents don’t care anyway.
ESET Smart Security is so full of features that if you thought the above were all you were wrong. Here’s more cool ones included under the Tools menu:
- Log files. You can access a filterable log section to see detailed information from the latest detected threats to parental/device control logs.
- Statistics. A cool pie graph will show you the percentage of clean/infected/cleaned objects, filterable by the type of enabled protection (i.e. antivirus, email client).
- Activity. If you’re a fan of live graphics you’ll like the Watch Activity one too, since it will show the amount of traffic sent/received via the network, or file system traffic. For more details you can also access the Network Connections section to see a list of current connections.
- Schedulers. You can manage the scheduled tasks (by default 7 are enabled, from first scan to system startup scan and updates) so if you have a particular time when you’re not around the computer each day that would be a good one to schedule a full scan.
- Eset SysInspector. Now this is a way to create a security snapshot of your current system. This way, in the future if you have some doubts about which program changed your settings, you can create another snapshot and compare it with the original to see differences. You’ll get information from Running Processes, Network Connections, Registry entries, Drivers, to Critical Files and System Information.
- SysRescue. You can create a rescue CD to have a backup in case your system crashes. This way you’ll put in the CD and voila, everything is back to how it was at the moment of the rescue CD creation.
- Social Media Scanner. You can protect your Facebook wall and Twitter feed from malware links using the social media scanner. This is particularly useful given how link shorteners don’t give you a clue on what you might be clicking.
I’m not the type of guy that thinks his offsprings are the best in the world, but I’m honored to be able to organize a contest about ESET’s flagship product. Do you like ESET? Have you tested it in the past? Then please leave a comment and tell others how good (or not so good) it is.