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  1. Found an interesting article yesterday about Android Antivirus apps. Decided to put in on here instead of the mobile forum. Basically AV-Comparatives did a test on 250 antivirus apps and found that only 80 where reliable by detecting at least 30% or more from 2000 malicious apps. The others detected under 30% or gave lots of false positives. Interestingly a few of these no longer are available on the play store. A few of the apps tested appear to be basically useless doing nothing or very little, with the test mentioning the fact a few years ago an antivirus was sold on the playstore that did nothing but pretend to be scanning the users phone. It appears according to the test, a lot of the useless apps came from amature developers or developers without any experience in the security industry, just wanting to grab a slice of the industry and have a security program in their portfolio. Many of the antivirus apps tested in the 2019 test apparently relied on a whitelist with a few preset applications, meaning everything and in some cases even files related to the antivirus app where blocked. Some of these apps also relied on whitelisting by name e.g. com.adobe, meaning malware could use part of that name to bypass the antivirus. Many of the apps also had very similar almost identical designs. Luckily the main players all scored well with many of the big names including eset having a score of 100%. Obviously I know no security product is 100 percent but many of the samples used where the most common of 2018, meaning those that missed should be avoided. I have heard some people in the past saying small antiviruses are the best, as virus developers will always try to look for flaws and workarounds in the main ones, but as I've always said, the smaller ones are risky. Eset has always been reliable for me. This article also shows the dangers of downloading stuff on a mobile. Google Play Protect may detect some stuff, but it is hard to detect if an antivirus is buggy. https://www.trustedreviews.com/news/android-antivirus-apps-worthless-3679354 https://www.av-comparatives.org/tests/android-test-2019-250-apps/
  2. Eset doesn't have a way for users to directly test programs in a way for example like Sandboxie does. However Eset does use sandbox technologies. This link talks briefly about the technologies used by Eset https://www.eset.com/uk/about/technology/ As mentioned by Azure Phoenix Eset does use machine learning. Like he said they have done articles about the issues of ML and AI - Right now it seems to be a buzzword and often spoken about as something new yet it's not. I'm sure a group of people released a new ML/AI product that just used buzzwords and was fake and everyone jumped on the bandwagon - it was done to show how easily it is to hype something up as something it isn't with a few words
  3. Description: change the way update is displayed when installing or updating to a newer version Detail: when updating to a newer version via the live installer the latest updates are downloaded. The user will be alerted after installation that an update has not been ran yet. However if they run the updater and already have the latest updates as no update has been ran the alert telling the user no update has been ran will remain. I have seen many confused by this not realising they already have the latest version. This alert should be either removed or reworded into a way that lets them know that they have the current version
  4. It has been asked a lot but I don't think we will see it. The issue eset has is choice e.g. what should happen if something new and unknown turns up, could simply be an update e.g. a windows update, but if eset doesn't have any reputation for the files it will have to ask the user and it seems like they want to avoid this in case the user clicks the wrong thing e.g. allows or blocks
  5. Description: More information in system cleaner Detail: I have mentioned this previously. System cleaner is the new tool in version 11 that alerts you to system settings that have been changed from default the idea being that they could have been changed by malware. The issue is they give no information on the actual setting just the type of setting. I tested this feature by clicking to change settings hoping I would be shown the changes and able to make a decision. What would make more sense is having a way to see the actual changes and a way to ignore certain changes that the user wants to keep. Many people change things themselves e.g Windows tweakers and this feature could cause issues if they change things without realising. This could always be a more advanced option disabled by default. If this cannot happen at least have a lot for this feature so that advanced users can see the changes made. If eset is changing a Windows option it shouldn't be too hard to log the change somewhere. Also an undo feature might be handy as when I tried it out hoping i would be given options eset just changed them and with no lot I have no idea what got changed
  6. It's only available for a couple of countries at the moment but I think they are rolling out to more very soon
  7. I do not see no action when installing a Potentially unwanted application - I think no action appears after a scan. After pressing ignore I get a windows access the specific file. I either have to exclude it which would exclude it for good I presume or disable the protection temporarily. Malwarebytes comes up with ignore or ignore once which is helpful.
  8. Could we have an ignore once options for Potentially unwanted applications? Often I will instal stuff that might contain extras e.g. in the installer and Eset will pop up and let me know I'm instaling a potentially unwanted application. I've noticed that Malwarebytes has an option to ignore it once e.g. you want to test it but might remove it fully later.
  9. It's the tricky part of security. Balancing security with ease of use. Make something too sensitive and you end up blocking too much and causing issues for non technical users
  10. Description: The ability to change quick linksDetail: Not sure if I've mentioned this on here but it would be really handy if you could change the quicklinks that you see when you right click the eset icon in the taskbar. For example some people will never use the gamemode but for people who game a lot being able to add that option to the quick link would make it far easier to turn on/off. Same with other options.
  11. I use two factor authentication for a few things but I do have an issue with it. Back when lot's of people's icloud's got hacked, apple started rolling it out, but Apple never actually stated they were hacked which makes me believe a lot of the incidents where forms of phishing. I've read about phishing using two factor authentication which generally involves a hacker pretending to be from the site/company etc. Basically they inform the user that there's an issue but can't access the account until it's been disabled or they send them the code. Also if I remember correctly one phone network had issues with it's voicemails being hacked a while back. Don't get me wrong two factor authentication is great but it should never fully replace teaching people how to be secure.
  12. Isn't a virus a type of Malware? I know as well as viruses Eset finds things such as potentially unwanted programs (PUPS). As for a PC Tuner, it's been asked for before and I doubt we will see it for exactly the reason you hinted at. Eset is a security suite and should really focus on that. For cleaning and stuff there are great free programs aka CCleaner.
  13. Well, it turns out the v10 firewall rules list looks just as bleak and difficult to navigate as v9, and it's hard on the eyes, so I am re-posting my suggestion for a user-friendly list that was present in v8 and earlier. I would love this to. Being able to organise by name would make perfect sense and I don't really know why you can't do this anymore. It doesn't help having this added to the start of each application "Allow communication for ..." e.g. "Allow communication for Chrome" and so on. Most firewalls simply have the application name. Adding this text just makes it much harder to look at. The firewall rules and the fact some windows cannot be resized - especially annoying in the antivirus result window, are two things I really find backwards for what otherwise is an amazing security program
  14. Description: Ability to enlarge windows especially for scan results Detail: After a scan is finished and the results are shown, asking users what actions to take, the window is very small and cannot be enlarged. If you have long file paths you have to drag the sliders around to see what actual file has been marked as infected. As the layout isn't saved each time you do a scan this has to be done. To make things easier, Eset should allow the window to be enlarged. By doing this, the window will be much larger and users should be able to read the information without having to change the sizes around. It should also have the ability to remember sizes.
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