Avast Strengthens Defense Against Ransomware Attacks in its Free and Premium Antivirus Offerings
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Aug. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Avast (LSE:AVST), a global leader in digital security and privacy, has released new versions of its security products to address the recent global surge in coronavirus-related ransomware. Avast has added Ransomware Shield, previously only available on Avast Premium Security, to its popular Avast Free Antivirus, and introduced the brand-new Remote Access Shield for Avast Premium Security.
In recent years, Avast has monitored a rise in attacks specifically designed to exploit Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) in order to execute widespread ransomware attacks. In March 2020, at the peak of the pandemic lockdown, Avast observed a 20% increase in these types of attacks globally. With millions of workers around the world using RDP daily to remotely access their business network, this tool has become a strong cyber-attack vector.
Ransomware Shield for Avast Free Antivirus
Additional, smaller update that can now be found as part of Avast Free Antivirus include:
Remote Access Shield for Avast Premium Security
The Remote Access Shield is available in version 20.5 of Avast Premium Security and newer.
Michal Pechoucek, Chief Technology Officer, Avast, said: "Throughout the global lockdown, Avast has been monitoring new and increased threats arising from new ways of working. We have tracked an increase in attacks via RDP, which has become another concern for individuals attempting to go about everyday life via the internet. Everybody has the right to be safe online, which is why we have enhanced our free AV that is used by millions of people around the world with additional layers of protection."
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