Avast Launches New Firewall Feature in Avast Free Antivirus
PRAGUE, Jan. 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Avast (LSE:AVST), a global leader in digital security and privacy, today announced an update to its Avast Free Antivirus and Avast Premium Security product versions for Windows. The update includes a brand-new Firewall in Avast Free Antivirus which shields people from network attacks, and reaffirms Avast's commitment to providing sophisticated and effective security and privacy products for all, for free. In Avast Premium Security, Avast has added new advanced Firewall features for even stronger protection from data leaks, spoofing attacks, and malicious devices scanning for open ports on the user's PC.
Vita Santrucek, Chief Product Officer at Avast, said, "Research conducted for our Digital Citizenship Report showed that since the start of the pandemic the internet has become even more important for two thirds of 18-44 year olds and for about half of older generations around the world. As our world is becoming more digital, people's privacy can be at risk on many levels, often simply by connecting to a public or local online network. The complexity of threats today can make it difficult for people to keep up and understand how to best protect their digital lives. We have bolstered our core Avast Antivirus product with a free Firewall to make it easier for people to keep their online lives secure."
Avast Free Antivirus' threat detection and performance is top-rated by the world's leading independent test institutions, such as AV-Test, AV-Comparatives, SE Labs, and VB100. Avast Free Antivirus was named "Top Rated-Product 2020" by AV-Comparatives, and achieved the highest score out of all vendors in AV-Comparatives' anti-phishing test, with 96 out of 100 points in July 2021. In AV-Test's certification report of September and October 2021, Avast Free Antivirus achieved a protection score of 6 out of 6 points. Additionally, in SE Labs' Home Anti-Malware Protection Test of Q3/2021, Avast Free Antivirus received the highest rating, AAA. VB100 certified Avast Free Antivirus in November 2021 with a malware detection rate of 100%.
Avast's Firewall provides an additional layer of protection, preventing unauthorised remote access when connected to the home network or unknown networks on the go. The Firewall contains the following features for free and premium Windows users:
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