Award-winning consumer and small office cybersecurity company, BullGuard, announced its new 2021 suite of antimalware solutions featuring Dynamic Machine Learning capabilities and Multi-Layered Protection. The BullGuard 2021 security suite empowers consumers to confidently perform sensitive online transactions in absolute safety and rest assured knowing cyber threats are stopped dead in their tracks. BullGuard 2021 blocks malicious behaviour before it can do damage, even when malware attempts to intentionally take a consumer’s device offline. BullGuard 2021 offers enhanced Multi-Layered Protection. Multi-Layered Protection uses six layers of protection – Safe Browsing, Dynamic Machine Learning, Sentry Protection for Zero-Day Malware, an On-Access AV Engine, a Firewall and a Vulnerability Scanner – to defend the user’s devices from malware, without the need for user interaction. Inbound and local malware The six layers work in tandem to create a buffer between the internet and each device BullGuard 2021 The six layers work in tandem to create a buffer between the internet and each device BullGuard 2021 is installed on, catching inbound and local malware, any erroneous outbound communication to the internet, phishing scams and more. Crucial to BullGuard’s Multi-Layered Protection is Dynamic Machine Learning, which continuously monitors all processes on a user’s device, enabling real-time detection and blocking of potentially malicious behaviour before it can do damage, even if malware attempts to cut the internet connection. The advanced machine learning system stays one step ahead of cybercriminals by continually learning and improving based on threats that are detected across the entire BullGuard customer base. Dynamic Machine Learning is included in all three 2021 products: BullGuard Antivirus, BullGuard Internet Security and BullGuard Premium Protection. Improved application performance BullGuard 2021 has also improved application performance while reducing system resource usage Streamlined to be the fastest product versions BullGuard has released to date, BullGuard 2021 has also improved application performance while reducing system resource usage, including significantly reduced virus definition file sizes. Additional enhancements include: Identity Protection provides heightened protection for your online identity in addition to protecting a user’s physical devices. Additional support for international phone numbers and bank accounts ensures the most accurate monitoring of dark web platforms where stolen user data is sold or traded. Real-time detection and blocking of malware BullGuard’s Dynamic Machine Learning protection continually monitors all processes on your device" Game Booster now includes support for anti-cheat engines and uninterrupted video performance while broadcasting during gameplay. Online gaming platforms with built-in anti-cheat features are now supported, allowing users to confidently participate for prize money and in paid competitions. Gamers who wish to play while broadcasting on Twitch or other video gaming community networks will benefit from added support for optimised video. “Unlike the majority of other cybersecurity solutions, BullGuard’s Dynamic Machine Learning protection continually monitors all processes on your device, enabling real-time detection and blocking of potentially malicious behaviour, even if malware attempts to cut your internet connection,” said Paul Lipman, CEO of BullGuard. “BullGuard 2021 is ideal for consumers who want ‘set-it-and-forget-it’ cybersecurity that works behind-the-scenes to provide the best endpoint protection against today’s known and zero-day threats.” BullGuard 2021 product line The BullGuard 2021 product line comes as standard with next-generation Antimalware, Game Booster and Vulnerability Scanner. BullGuard Internet Security and BullGuard Premium Protection include a Firewall, Secure Browser and Parental Control, and BullGuard Premium Protection also includes comprehensive Identity Protection and a Home Network Scanner. BullGuard 2021 also automatically alerts customers if they try to access an unsecured Wi-Fi network, enabling them to connect immediately to a secure server if they have BullGuard VPN installed, or prompting them to install a trial of BullGuard VPN to secure their Wi-Fi connection if not. BullGuard 2021 Product Line: BullGuard Antivirus, Windows only, one PC, 1-year BullGuard Internet Security, multi-platform (Windows, Android and macOS), three devices, 1-year subscription BullGuard Premium Protection, multi-platform (Windows, Android, macOS), ten devices, 1-year subscription BullGuard 2021 is backed by BullGuard’s highly acclaimed 24/7 live customer support.
Award-winning cyber security company, BullGuard, has announced the availability of a free, three-month minimum BullGuard Small Office Security license for small businesses that need assistance managing their cyber security in the wake of the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent sudden mass migration of millions of employees who are now working from home. BullGuard Small Office Security The free, three-month minimum license of BullGuard Small Office Security comes with no financial obligations whatsoever and small businesses don't need to submit any form of credit card payment information to obtain their three-month cyber security software license. The BullGuard Small Office Security platform supports up to 50 Windows, Mac and Android devices and provides robust endpoint cyber security protection for desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones, making it perfect for remote workforces to work safely on their devices from home. “Small businesses are in a very challenging position right now, making the sudden transition to working from home without the cyber security training, technologies or procedures that are commonplace within enterprise companies,” said Paul Lipman, CEO of BullGuard, adding “As a result, many small companies are vulnerable to being compromised by cybercriminals who are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic with predatory instinct.” Endpoint cyber protection The free, three-month BullGuard Small Office Security product provides small businesses with endpoint protection The free, three-month BullGuard Small Office Security product provides small businesses with the endpoint protection they need to ensure their remote employees and businesses are protected against cybercriminals. It provides powerful protection against the very latest threats, including the avalanche of coronavirus themed attacks that cybercriminals have unleashed, such as phishing emails and malware. These particular threats are unlikely to abate until the coronavirus runs its course. BullGuard Small Office Security is a cloud-managed endpoint security service dedicated specifically to the needs of small businesses. Central to the platform is remote management from a cloud-based dashboard that makes it easy to manage all devices at the same time, which is particularly key with the surge in telework due to the current pandemic. Data and cloud security For example, all teleworker devices (PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones) are easily managed from the dashboard, enabling security updates to be applied simultaneously on all devices, and if a mobile device is lost or stolen it can be remotely locked down to protect sensitive data. An alert system also provides immediate notification about security events to allow instant remedial action, such as isolating a device infected with malware. “Cyber security is the last thing many small businesses are thinking about as they grapple with all sorts of issues just to keep operating. They have more than enough to deal with and certainly don’t need to contend with cybercriminals and malware infections,” added Lipman, further stating, “We understand their cyber security needs in these unprecedented times and want to help them so they can concentrate on the essentials of day-to-day business.”
New research commissioned by and published today by cyber security company, BullGuard, revealed an alarming number of small businesses in the UK and US are not prepared for a potential cyber attack or breach. One-third of companies with 50 or fewer employees report using free, consumer-grade cyber security, and one in five companies use no endpoint security whatsoever. Cyber-attacks and data breaches Additionally, worrisome, the study found 43% of SMB owners have no cyber security defense plan in place at all – leaving their most sensitive financial, customer and business data, and ultimately their companies, at significant risk. “Small businesses are not immune to cyber-attacks and data breaches and are often targeted specifically because they often fail to prioritise security,” said Paul Lipman, CEO of BullGuard. “Caught between inadequate consumer solutions and overly complex enterprise software, many small business owners may be inclined to skip cyber security. It only takes one attack, however, to bring a business to its knees.” Lost business and crucial data The study also revealed some glaring discrepancies between what SMB owners believe versus what is actually occurring in the market. Nearly 60% of SMB owners believe their business is unlikely to be targeted by cyber criminals, however the results revealed that 18.5% of SMB owners have suffered from a cyber-attack or data breach within the past year. Unfortunately, while securing data can be simple, remediation is not. Companies that fall victim to a cyber-attack often experience significant downtime that seriously impacts productivity, data privacy, and even revenue. Once breached, 25% of SMB owners stated they had to spend $10,000 or more to resolve the attack, which could be devastating for a small company. The right solution makes it simple and extremely cost-effective for SMBs to manage their own cyber security As for time lost, 50% of SMB owners said it took 24 hours or longer to recover from a breach or cyber-attack, while 25% reported they lost business as a result, and almost 40% stated they lost crucial data. Company and customer data Despite these numbers, many SMB owners are overly confident in the safety of their company and customer data. One in five SMB owners surveyed stated their organisation has zero vulnerabilities, however 50% of SMB owners stated their employees do not receive any cyber security training. A significant number, 65%, of SMB owners report managing their cyber security in-house, but less than 10% say they have a dedicated IT staff member. The right solution makes it simple and extremely cost-effective for SMBs to manage their own cyber security, ensuring their business is secure and protected. Conducted in January 2020, the BullGuard-commissioned survey queried a total of 3,083 small business owners in the UK (1,532) and the US (1,551) with 50 employees or less.
Globally renowned cyber security company, BullGuard has announced releasing BullGuard Small Office Security, a new, powerful, cloud-managed endpoint security service for the small business market. BullGuard Small Office Security enables businesses to operate with the knowledge they are protected against identity and data theft, account takeover, malware such as ransom-ware, and other cyber threats. Robust endpoint protection BullGuard Small Office Security provides robust endpoint protection for desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones, making it perfect for mobile workforces to work safely on their devices in the office, at home, or while hot desking or travelling. Small Office Security safeguards Windows, Android and MacOS devices and is backed by BullGuard’s highly acclaimed live 24/7 technical support, while endpoint security management is simple via an easy-to-use cloud-based portal. BullGuard Small Office Security is designed explicitly to meet the needs of today’s small offices" “Cyber security solutions for small offices are typically complex and challenging for businesses to deploy and use because they are re-engineered from legacy enterprise solutions designed for organisations with thousands of users,” said Paul Lipman, CEO of BullGuard. Enhanced cyber security “Small businesses are more vulnerable to cyber-attacks as cyber criminals increasingly focus their attention on the small office space and these companies are typically not as well protected as their enterprise counterparts. BullGuard Small Office Security is designed explicitly to meet the needs of today’s small offices.” At the heart of BullGuard Small Office Security is BullGuard’s award-winning anti-malware protection, which consistently scores very highly in independent malware detection tests. Companies that fall victim to a cyber-attack often experience significant downtime that seriously impacts productivity, data privacy, and even earnings. Endpoint-based machine learning With BullGuard Small Office Security, small office businesses are fully protected by a proprietary multi-layered behavioural engine that stops all types of malware in its tracks. It also includes endpoint-based machine learning to bolster security even further with advanced zero-day threat detection, which ensures systems are protected even when offline, and without requiring signature updates. Small companies can enjoy complete endpoint protection from a trusted brand" BullGuard Small Office Security is ideal for any small office, including those that currently use third-party companies to install and manage their endpoint cyber security, as well as small offices that prefer to manage their own security in-house. Set-up and deployment take just minutes, security issues can be resolved in an instant, and the service uses minimal device resources. BullGuard Cloud Admin Portal The BullGuard Cloud Admin Portal is designed exclusively to meet small office endpoint management requirements, providing easy and comprehensive real-time management of all devices: Easy deployment: A company administrator simply emails employees from the portal and they click on a link and register without the need for any credentials to be entered. This includes fixed workstations as well as personal mobile devices (BYOD). Safe mobile working: Devices are completely secured enabling employees in the field to go safely about their business. Missing devices can be located and remotely locked or wiped. Remote management: BullGuard Small Office Security provides an immediate 360-degree view of device security status, which in turn enables remote actions such as applying updates, disabling, enabling and restarting devices as well as the management of quarantined files. Red flags: Malware infections spread rapidly and those such as ransom-ware can take businesses down in seconds. An alert system provides immediate notification about security events allowing instant remedial action, ensuring the company isn’t held hostage by cyber criminals. Filter out danger: Blocks malicious websites, phishing emails and browser plug-ins and extensions that are known to be dangerous, keeping the company and employees safe from harmful downloads Stay ahead of remote device infections: Sometimes devices can be infected via a USB or by plugging into a computer outside of the company network. In these cases, BullGuard Small Office Security detects, blocks and notifies the administrator. It also sends an alert if a device has been offline for too long. Simple employee management: When an employee leaves or joins the company the relevant computing device is simply disabled via the portal, while security for new employee devices is just as easily enabled. Group settings: Many websites can hide malicious code and some IP addresses can be identified as the source of undesirable websites and server hosts. An administrator can use group settings to stop suspicious websites and server hosts from causing harm to the company network and individual endpoints. Full reports: Provides complete reports on device status, threats and tasks so that nothing is overlooked. Data security “We have made cyber security a less daunting challenge for small business owners, making it simple for them to stop professional cybercriminals from gaining access to their company’s data, intellectual property and funds. Now, small companies can enjoy complete endpoint protection from a trusted brand and get on with the more important task of running their business,” added Paul Lipman.
Amid ongoing identity theft and privacy-related breaches, new research published by cybersecurity company, BullGuard, revealed substantial gaps between consumers’ privacy concerns and their actual behaviours. The study shows 53% of Americans, 48% of Brits and 62% of Germans are concerned about privacy, but 74% of Americans, 80% of Brits, and 86% of Germans don’t use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) when accessing public Wi-Fi, with convenience trumping privacy and security risks in their rush to get online. A VPN empowers consumers with a highly effective, easy way to safeguard themselves when using public Wi-Fi from their smartphone, tablet or laptop, and adds an extra layer of security and privacy when used on the home network. Accessing users data by hacking public Wi-Fi Two-thirds of all survey respondents stated they are most worried about their banking information being hacked and stolenUnbeknownst to most consumers, hackers can easily spoof and set up malicious open Wi-Fi networks that appear to be legitimate (e.g. ‘Free Airport Wi-Fi’), but in fact intercept and record all network traffic, including people’s intimate personal data, and allow fraudsters to steal usernames, passwords, credit card details, bank account information and more. Alarmingly, approximately one in five Americans (19%) used a credit card while connected to public Wi-Fi, 17% of Brits performed online banking, and 14% of Germans accessed an insecure website – even though 53% of Americans, 48% of Brits and 62% of Germans believe their data is not secure while on a public Wi-Fi network and two-thirds of all survey respondents stated they are most worried about their banking information being hacked and stolen. Ignoring risks of financial and identity theft “Consumers are playing Russian Roulette with their personal data and privacy, opting for convenience over safety when using public Wi-Fi,” said Paul Lipman, CEO of BullGuard. “The research findings clearly indicate that Americans, Brits, and Germans do not feel safe online, yet they are ignoring their fears and risking financial theft, identity theft, account fraud and more in their quest to use public Wi-Fi. Accessing public Wi-Fi without the use of a VPN is akin to driving your car without insurance – sooner or later you’re going to end up paying the price for being negligent.” Pros and cons of antivirus software AV software prevents, detects and removes malware and helps protect users from other threats such as ransomwareThe research also revealed 48% of Americans, 62% of Brits and 69% of Germans are only using antivirus (AV) software to protect their online information on their home Wi-Fi. AV software prevents, detects and removes malware and helps protect users from other threats such as ransomware, malicious URLs, phishing scams, botnet DDoS attacks and more, but it does not hide a consumer’s origin IP address or prevent others – including ISPs (Internet Service Providers) and government organisations – from monitoring a consumer’s online browsing activity, including what websites they visit, what they download or what services and applications they use. Safeguarding online security and privacy “A disconnect currently exists in the minds of consumers between the benefits and differences of AV software and VPN. The research findings indicate a need to educate consumers that VPN is not simply a useful tool for streaming geo-locked content, but an integral component to safeguard their overall online security and privacy,” stated Lipman. “While antivirus software is essential for detecting and removing malware from your PC, smartphone and tablet devices, it offers no protection from having your personal data intercepted by a malicious hotspot or blocking your ISP from monitoring your online browsing activity.” Relying on ISP and browser for information security Many individuals use no additional methods and rely solely on their ISP and browser to keep online information privateAdditionally, a significant number of individuals (19% of Americans, 12% of Brits and 7% of Germans, respectively) use no additional methods and rely solely on their ISP and browser to keep their online information private and secure. This despite results that show consumers believe the following entities are tracking their online activities: Search engines such as Google (56% Americans, 63% Brits and 71% Germans) Internet Browser (51% Americans, 57% Brits and 57% Germans) Internet Service Provider (53% Americans, 58% Brits and 44% Germans) Online retailers like Amazon (46% Americans, 54% Brits and 61% Germans) Social media platforms such as Facebook (55% Americans and 62% Brits) Messenger apps such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp (42% Americans and 51% Brits) Social media platforms and messengers, e.g. Facebook and WhatsApp (65% Germans) US government (52% Americans and 36% Brits) UK government (15% Americans and 55% Brits) German government (34% Germans) The BullGuard-commissioned survey was conducted in August 2019 and queried a total of 5,000 adult consumers across the US, the UK, and Germany (2000 each in the US and UK, and 1000 in Germany).
Multi-award-winning consumer cybersecurity company, BullGuard, announced the expansion of its cybersecurity product line with the launch of BullGuard VPN. Designed to be easily used across multiple devices, BullGuard VPN features a simplified user interface and quick connect functionality, enabling consumers to fly under the radar and surf the internet in stealth mode while retaining complete anonymity via military-grade encryption. Available for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS operating systems, BullGuard VPN is available for download and purchase on the Apple App Store, Google Play and the BullGuard website. Safeguarding consumers’ online privacy BullGuard VPN enables consumers to safeguard their online privacy in a fast, easy and seamless way wherever they go"“Cybersecurity to date has been primarily focussed on keeping consumers and their devices safe from online threats, but cybercriminals also pose a threat to consumer privacy,” said BullGuard CEO, Paul Lipman. “In today’s cyberthreat landscape, security and privacy must be equally addressed in order to adequately protect consumers. BullGuard VPN enables consumers to safeguard their online privacy in a fast, easy and seamless way – from their desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone – wherever they go.” BullGuard VPN secures and protects up to six devices simultaneously – desktop computer, smartphone, laptop or tablet – and consumers can easily switch between 16 different country locations, including the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Singapore and Australia. Hides consumer’s origin IP address BullGuard VPN hides a consumer’s origin IP address, preventing others – including ISPs (Internet Service Providers) and government organisations – from monitoring their online browsing activity, including what websites they visit, what they download or what services and applications they use. BullGuard VPN customers have access to 24/7 customer support. BullGuard VPN users receive secure connections in to hotspots, which protect them against data theft, privacy breachesOnline consumer privacy is under siege on a near daily basis – from huge breaches where personal data is stolen and cybercriminals absconding with personal information and identities to Facebook and Internet Service Providers caught selling consumer data without consent. BullGuard VPN puts privacy control in consumers’ hands and is the perfect choice for consumers when using an unprotected Wi-Fi hotspot when away from home in airports, hotels or cafes. BullGuard VPN users receive secure connections in to hotspots, which protect them against data theft, privacy breaches, malware and cyber attacks via Wi-Fi. BullGuard VPN’s features include: Military-grade encryption: AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) with 256-bit keys; complete user anonymity Support for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS with protection for up to six devices simultaneously and unlimited data volume Coverage in 16 different country locations, with the ability to manually select the one to which the user wants to connect Quick connect: sophisticated formula, which includes various server parameters, chooses the best server at that precise moment 24/7 customer support, free software updates, no logs policy Automatic launch at startup: (on/off button) and auto-connect VPN for open Wi-Fi networks Kill switch: If a VPN connection drops, BullGuard VPN will automatically block your device or terminate certain programs from accessing the internet outside the secure VPN tunnel Notifications: choose the desired notification preferences
BullGuard, the consumer cybersecurity company announces the official launch of Dojo by BullGuard, the world’s most comprehensive smart home cybersecurity solution. Dojo is the only consumer cybersecurity product built from the ground up as an enterprise-grade, network security service for the smart home. There are billions of connected Internet of Things devices on the market today – from smart alarms, thermostats, baby monitors, smart appliances, lighting, locks and more. Dojo by BullGuard is built to protect them all. Available exclusively in the United States at launch (with the UK launch to follow), Dojo by BullGuard retails for $199 USD, including the first 12-months of service, and is available for purchase online at Amazon, BestBuy, and on shelves in brick-and-mortar BestBuy stores nationwide. “Dojo by BullGuard is the cornerstone of a smart, connected home. It safeguards consumers’ privacy and protects their entire home network, but is also delivered in a way that is extremely easy for them to set up and use,” said Paul Lipman, CEO of BullGuard. “A smart home can quickly become a fool’s paradise when IoT devices are not properly secured. Dojo seamlessly protects the privacy and security of a consumer’s data, devices, home and family by monitoring the home network 24/7 against cyber threats. No other product provides the unrivaled deep multi-layered levels of protection as Dojo.” BullGuard Dojo features Dojo by BullGuard provides enterprise-grade, multi-layered security software capable of handling a wide range of cybersecurity threats, with a major focus on protecting smart home devices. The Dojo by BullGuard smart home cybersecurity solution includes: Dojo (hardware): A sleekly designed ‘pebble’ that is easy to set up and free to move about the home while its dock remains connected to the Wi-Fi router. The Dojo pebble illuminates rings of light when suspicious or malicious activity is detected on the user’s Wi-Fi network. Yellow rings indicate that a risk has been detected and automatically mitigated, while red rings of light indicate that an action must be taken in the Dojo smartphone app. Green rings of light indicate that the user’s network is secured and their privacy is intact. Dojo smartphone app (iOS and Android): Allows consumers to interact with the Dojo pebble via a simple, intuitive messaging interface, which grants them visibility and control of their Wi-Fi network and connected devices and informs them of potential cyber threats. Dojo Intelligence: Dojo’s cybersecurity engine provides a tailored security policy for each device on the home Wi-Fi network. This policy is enforced by the Dojo device, which constantly monitors and mitigates both internal and external attacks. Dojo’s cloud-based platform utilises highly sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, continuously analysing device and service patterns to protect a consumer’s privacy even better over time. The more Dojo familiarises itself with a home’s smart devices, the smarter it becomes in detecting and mitigating cyber-attacks and privacy breaches. “Many IoT devices are notoriously insecure and it is relatively easy for hackers to exploit their vulnerabilities,” added Yossi Atias, General Manager, IoT Security of BullGuard. “We’ve seen major privacy breaches in recent months caused by compromised devices, including Mirai, the largest ever DDOS attack launched from an IoT botnet, smart TVs hacked by the CIA, and even smart Teddy Bears go from cuddly to creepy. Device manufacturers often sacrifice security for speed to market and consumers are unwittingly paying the price. Dojo solves the IoT security conundrum and protects every smart home device to ensure security and privacy.” Future of IoT devices According to a recent report from Gartner, Inc., the number of connected IoT devices is forecast to reach 8.4 billion by the end of 2017 – up 31 percent from 2016 – and reach 20.4 billion by 2020. The Internet of Things market is growing at an exponential pace and with that growth comes an increased risk of cyber-attacks. In a recent survey of 2000 U.S consumers conducted by BullGuard about IoT device adoption, nearly 70 percent of consumers said they have concerns about privacy invasion, and 23 percent stated that they lack the technical ability to secure their smart home devices. Dojo by BullGuard makes it easy for consumers to protect their privacy and their family by seamlessly monitoring and protecting all of their smart home devices against all cybersecurity threats.
BullGuard protection now extends to PC, Mac, and Android devices all from one license BullGuard, a consumer security company, announced the latest version of its industry-leading antimalware protection software, BullGuard Internet Security. Known for delivering award-winning, easy-to-use security tools designed to protect consumers from online threats, the latest version of BullGuard Internet Security offers greater protection for cloud storage services including Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft’s OneDrive. This advanced protection extends to PC, Mac, and Android devices including smartphones and tablets. “Dropbox’s 500 million user base proves that cloud storage services are increasingly prominent in today’s world. As demand for these services grow, so too does the level of security threats. There’s never been a more important time to close the gap of basic security essentials that are missing with these ever-growing cloud-based services,” said Paul Lipman, CEO, BullGuard. “Our latest version of BullGuard Internet Security addresses these issues by providing backup tools that help extend protection to all major cloud storage platforms. We’ve also extended the range of BullGuard protection to PC, Mac, and Android devices so that consumers can keep themselves safe across multiple devices and multiple platforms at any given time.” New features Simple backups: BullGuard backup is disarmingly simple. Users can back up their files and folders directly from BullGuard to their preferred cloud storage provider with a click; they don’t need to move their files from their computer to a virtual Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive folder. Scheduled backups: Scheduled backups can be made at predetermined intervals for greater control and reassurance that important files and folders are backed up regularly. Users also have the choice of backing up on-demand. “Our latest version of BullGuard Internet Security addresses these issues by providing backup tools that help extend protection to all major cloud storage platforms” Robust encryption: File and folders can be encrypted before they leave the computer. This critical update addresses concerns among consumers that their data, such as photos, could be compromised by hackers. The encryption key is set by the user and neither BullGuard nor the cloud storage provider has access to it so no one other than the user can access files. Safeguards against ransomware: BullGuard protects against ransomware, one of the most common and dangerous forms of malware today. According to a recent report, 54% of UK businesses have been targeted by ransomware. BullGuard constantly scans for all forms of malware, including ransomware, so when customers back up their files they know they have a clean version of their data available. BullGuard also provides the choice of synchronising or not synchronising backups. This is an important point. With Dropbox, for example, all backups are synchronised, which means that if files on a desktop computer are corrupted, the backed-up files will also be corrupted. BullGuard however provides the option to turn off synchronisation, so backed up files are protected. Multi-device protection: BullGuard protection also now extends to PC, Mac, and Android devices all from one license. This includes BullGuard Premium Protection, which alongside award-winning BullGuard Internet Security provides identity protection and robust social media safeguards to keep children safe. Performance enhancements: A number of performance enhancements for both BullGuard Internet Security and BullGuard Premium Protection have also been made. These include faster and safer operation, revisions to the parental control module, registry protection, and a streamlined behavioural engine for trouble-free operation. PC optimisation has been improved with a range of new clean-up options and intuitive tweaks.
BullGuard IoT Scanner is a free tool for scanning a network for vulnerable connected devices The latest data from BullGuard’s IoT Scanner, a free tool that allows consumers to check if their connected devices are secure, suggests the recent DDoS attack could be just the tip of the iceberg. To date over 100,000 unique IPs have been scanned by consumers using IoT Scanner, and though just 4.6 per cent revealed vulnerabilities, it’s the scale of the Internet of Things that makes this figure so concerning. Internet of Things With around four billion connected devices in the world, this equates to almost 185 million vulnerable devices today. This is orders of magnitude higher than was used to cause the disruption seen in the DDoS attack, which is thought to have exploited tens of thousands. What’s more, experts predict around 50 billion connected devices by 2020. It’s a stark warning for device manufacturers and service providers – the rise of the Internet of Things is upon us, and cyber criminals now have a platform from which to launch coordinated attacks on an unprecedented scale. The rise of the Internet of Things is upon us, and cyber criminals have a platform from which to launch coordinated attacks on an unprecedented scale Basic security measures for connected devices “Even though the Internet of Things is in its relative infancy, this attack shows how just a small proportion of vulnerable devices can cause real concern,” said Paul Lipman, CEO at BullGuard. “We’re fortunate that this incident was relatively benign, but it’s a timely reminder that security cannot be an afterthought in this emerging market. We would urge people to be vigilant and take the necessary steps to ensure that basic security measures are in place,” Lipman concluded. BullGuard IoT Scanner is a free tool for scanning a network for vulnerable connected devices. BullGuard also offers free help and advice on how to secure these devices with its IoT Consumer Guide.
The Internet of Things has moved rapidly from an early adopter market into the mainstream, but it has introduced new security concerns BullGuard, a European consumer security company, announces that it has acquired Dojo Labs, an innovator in consumer internet of things security. Together, the companies will redefine how security is delivered for consumers and small businesses. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Powerful home network security Named a cool vendor in the connected home by technology research company Gartner earlier this year (“Cool Vendors in the Connected Home, 2016”), Israel-based Dojo Labs has developed a highly innovative offering that includes powerful home network security technologies, managed through an easy-to-use mobile app, coupled with a cloud-based platform that utilises proprietary machine learning algorithms to detect and block threats and anomalies. Addressing the need of securing devices “More than 4 billion consumer devices are connected to the internet today, and this number is growing exponentially. Until now, the security and privacy of these devices has been essentially non-existent, leaving our most precious data and possessions exposed,” said Paul Lipman, CEO at BullGuard. “BullGuard and Dojo share a common vision for solving this critical market need, and for delivering the products our customers need to keep them safe”. The Internet of Things has moved rapidly from an early adopter market into the mainstream, but in doing so has introduced a range of new security concerns for consumers. Recent BullGuard research highlighted the scale of the problem and the concerns that many people have about the security of their connected devices. 66% of UK survey respondents said they are highly concerned about the security of connected devices, while 72% do not know how to secure them properly. In the US, 58% expressed security concerns while 61% said they don’t know how to secure their IoT devices. Smart homes “The transformative promise of smart homes can only be truly realised once the security problem has been solved,” said Yossi Atias, Dojo Labs co-founder. “I am delighted to be combining forces with BullGuard at this pivotal juncture in the evolution of our industry. “BullGuard’s promise to our customers is that we keep it simple and we keep you safe, for which we’ve been recognised in our recent sweep of prestigious national awards” continued Lipman. “With the acquisition of Dojo Labs we look forward to delivering the highest level of protection to our customers across their entire connected lives.” Save