Reason Security Review: Advanced Protection from Today’s Privacy Threats

 

Cybersecurity has drastically
changed over the past decade.
In the past, hackers mostly
pranked people, changing certain computer settings or hacked the user’s email
to fetch valuable information.
Sadly, this isn’t the case today
as hackers got extremely sophisticated. For instance, a hacker can hack a
laptop camera and record his intimate moments or compromise his microphone. A
hacker can alsohold your data “hostage” and ask for a ransome, and the list
goes on and on.
Previously, most computer users just needed to install a decent antivirus to have all their bases covered, but today due to the variety of methods to compromise computer systems and users a more robust tool is required to monitor communications and peripherals like webcams and microphones can be hijacked to allow attackers to spy on unwitting victims.
To prevent these new threats,
users must now turn to more capable security tools. Plain antivirus software
that are limited to virus scans wouldn’t be able to thwart all these new attack
methods.Today’s savvier antivirus solutions need to protect users from data privacy vulnerabilities. That’s why solutions like Reason Security are now integrating more privacy-oriented features specifically designed to block these threats, while continuing to offer up-to-date malware  protection and virus scanning services.

 

Here are the top threats that
Reason is designed to mitigate.

Viruses and Malware

Any antivirus worth its salt
must be able to protect users from the most fundamental of threats. Reason
provides protection against viruses and malware through its accurate detection
engine that is backed by a database with over a million malware samples. Reason
can perform quick, full system, and custom scans to search for potentially
malicious files and processes. It also supports real-time protection which
checks if a file is malicious as soon as it’s downloaded or accessed.

Camera and Microphone Hacking

Here’s where it gets
interesting.
Aside from protection against
viruses, Reason also protects against camera and microphone hacking. Most
computers nowadays are equipped with webcams and mics. While these peripherals allow
users to do voice and video calls over the internet, they can also be hijacked
by hackers to spy on their private moments.
Reason monitors these devices so
that users will be notified any time an application or process attempts to
access them. The settings can be configured to only allow trusted applications,
block or allow all access, or ask users for confirmation every time the cam or
mic are to be used.

Ransomware

 

Ransomware has also become rife
in recent years. This specific type of malware is designed to encrypt personal
files and folders on target computers and forces users to pay ransom in order
to get back access to their documents. Recent ransomware outbreaks have caused massive
disruption even to governments and large enterprises. To ordinary users,
ransomware could mean the loss of personal files, photos, and other important
documents. Reasons monitors attempts by ransomware to encrypt files and blocks
these from executing successfully.

Malicious Sites

Users can also be exposed to
threats while browsing online. Phishing websites are also designed to trick
users into giving up personal and financial information. They can also dupe
users into downloading and running malware. Reason provides a complementary
Chrome browser plugin that provides safe search and identifies links whether
they are secure or not. Users can easily identify what links are safe to click
and what links to avoid.

The Bottom Line

Reason security comes as a
welcome choice for users looking for a security solution that’s fit for today’s
digital lifestyles, with a focus on privacy.
The software has a free
“Essentials” version and a paid “Premium” version.
The Essentials version offers
standard antivirus with threat detection and real-time protection and a
fourteen-day trial for the camera protection. But since privacy protection is
now a must, users are better off availing of the Premium version which includes
camera and microphone protection, ransomware protection, and safe browsing. For
$29.99 a year, Reason is as affordable as it gets considering all the
protection features it provides.

 

Irfan Shakeel
Irfan Shakeel, the founder of ehacking project, he also hosts cyber security training classes at EH Academy. He has discovered many vulnerabilities in the famous platforms (like Google, Dailymotion, Harvard University & etc.). He specializes in Network hacking, VoIP pentesting & digital forensics. He is the author of the book title “Hacking from Scratch”.

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