The bad guys collude to make “bad” even “badder”. That’s a pretty strange way to construct a sentence, I’ll admit, but here’s the message – cyber criminals are so organized, that they share information on both their successes and failures.
The result is, we’re now faced with the coming together of criminal gangs so that they can advance their overall strategy – stealing as much money as possible, from as many people as possible, in the shortest time frame possible.
There’s no doubt, that this collusion is a loose arrangement; nevertheless, it’s highly efficacious – it provides opportunity for criminals to systematically craft tighter and more effective malware.
Wouldn’t it be a good idea then, if we (the potential victims), combined our forces and shared information, at some level, which might act as a counter measure to cyber criminal collusion? Well, we do. Or, at least, some of us do.
If you (like me), use WOT, the enormously popular Internet Browser security add-0n, which is a perfect example of how successful community driven security applications can be, you are doing just that.
Immunet Protect 2, gives you another opportunity to share information (and to have information shared with you), which will be used in the fight against the bad guys.
Immunet Protect 2, recently released following a very successful Beta test, is a superior community driven cloud based security application, now at half a million plus users and counting, and well on it’s way in gaining increasing popularity – and rightfully so.
In real time, Immunet Protect keeps track of the state of security in the collective community (network), and should a member of the network (the community), encounter malware, you (as a member of the protected community), are instantly protected against the threat.
A rather more impressive security solution than having to wait for a malware definition database update. An update that may take several days. Days in which you are effectively open to infection.
A community driven security application like Immunet Protect, does not suffer from this obvious disadvantage of having to chase runway malware. It’s significant advantage is it’s user base community – operating in real time.
Immunet Protect is a lightweight cloud based antivirus application, (available in both a free, and a fee version), designed to add a layer of protection while working in partnership with the most popular antimalware solutions.
On my principal home machine for example, Immunet Protect lines up with Microsoft Security Essentials and ThreatFire, to shore up any vulnerabilities my system might have to to zero-day threats.
You’ll find Immunet Protect straightforward to install, and easy to run without complication.
The screen captures I’ve setout below, will help you get a good overall feel for the application.
Setting the operating parameters (the protection settings), is straightforward. In the following screen capture you’ll notice tooltip pop outs which explain the function of each setting. A very cool feature for less experienced users.
During this full scan, CPU usage ran at roughly 20% on a dual core machine. And, system memory usage was surprisingly low at only 36 MB, as the following screen capture shows.
I have a preference for antimalware solutions that include the ability to launch a specific file scan from the Windows Explorer context menu, and Immunet Protect has included this feature.
Should you consider installing, and running, a Cloud Antivirus as supplementary antimalware protection?
If you are uncertain, then consider this:
The Internet is an uncertain world at the best of times
Cybercriminals design specific malware to exploit vulnerable systems without user interaction being required.
No single security application is capable (nor should we expect a single application to be capable), of providing adequate computer system protection. Gaps exist, in protection capabilities, in even the most sophisticated security applications.
Layering (or stacking) security applications, offers the best chance of remaining infection free, by closing these gaps.
A cloud based protective solution, in this case Immunet Protect, is a major step in shoring up any weaknesses, or gaps, and significantly increase your overall ability to detect malware.
Keep in mind however, that even the best layered protection strategy will not make up for lack of experience, and intuitiveness, when surfing the Internet. So, I’ll repeat what I have said here, many times – “knowledge, awareness, and experience are critical ingredients in the escalating battle, against cybercriminals.”
Immunet Protect Fast facts:
Two active scanning engines
Context menu scan
Fast Antivirus: Immunet leverages the speed of cloud computing to deliver real-time protection to your PC.
Light Antivirus: Immunet is up to 35 times lighter than traditional antivirus solutions.
Real-time Antivirus: Immunet provides cloud-based protection that is always up-to-date against viruses, spyware, bots, worms, Trojans, and keyloggers without slowing down your PC. No need to download any virus signature files!
Companion Antivirus: Immunet is compatible with existing antivirus products to help protect you better. Add an extra, lightweight layer of protection for free.
Community Antivirus: Immunet’s Collective Immunity technology protects all users the instant that a virus is detected on one PC.
System requirements: Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or later, Vista (32-bit and 64 bit), Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit).
Download at: Developer’s site
I have no hesitation in recommending this application. I can’t think of another security application that has enjoyed a seven fold increase in users in the last six months, like Immunet Protect has. That’s no accident.
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