Features and Options
Outpost Security Suite Pro v7.5 highlights the following new features:
SmartDecision - a new technology in Agnitum products that scans each executed application in the computer. It uses a risk-evaluation system that defines the status of a file as to whether it's good or potentially dangerous. The user is notified by a visual recommendation with matching color - green, yellow or red - and can choose how to proceed. Note only that not all red dialog alerts means the executed application is bad or dangerous. An example is the image below where a trusted application tries to load an unsigned kernel driver. If you know the application is safe to do what it has to do on the computer, simply choose 'allow'.
- Clipboard content protection - Agnitum noticed a new type of malicious software which grabs personal information from the clipboard or sends randomly taken screenshots to hackers. The clipboard content protection is now included in Anti-Leak protection module of Outpost so you don't have to worry about cutting, copying or pasting personal information online.
- PDF Filtering - the Internet security suite and the standalone antivirus program by Agnitum now includes an enhanced PDF scanning module which checks damaged and non-standard PDF files. Note that this feature is not included in the standalone Outpost Firewall Pro or free editions.
- USB virus protection - Outpost will now protect the computer against autorun viruses. Advanced users have the options to disable autorun.inf file without blocking the program, completely block the USB device, block all executables and scripts on the USB device or just block scripts and executables if the publisher's digital signature is not found.
- Fewer actions switch - Version 7.5 of all Agnitum products let you decide now without going through many clicks for additional actions on any alerts presented by the program.
Agnitum has added security improvements for the 64-edition of Windows OS. They've also added firewall compatibility for 3G modems or mobile broadband devices and have integrated eXtended Heuristic Analyzer (HAX) in the SmartDecision technology. The antimalware engine and SmartScan technology has been updated to v5.3 and v4, respectively to enhance performance during scanning and real-time protection. Last but not the least, the vendor has reworked the firewall and web control components for optimal performance.
What you will get in addition to the above features and improvements? Outpost Security Suite Pro v7.5 contact, infection and data leak prevention, in addition to resident protections. All of these are offered along with antivirus, firewall, anti-spam, web control, system guard, anti-leak, file and folder lock, IP blocklist and more. You also have the option to send suspicious files to Agnitum servers for further analysis, to use the exclusion manager, manually update the program or simply depend on automatic updates which you can configure hourly, daily or weekly and log all the activities of the program.
Note that Outpost anti-virus is a redesigned and enhanced implementation of technology licensed from VirusBuster, a Hungarian anti-virus developer.
The only feature that I am hoping Agnitum will add in its program is the ability to effectively block phishing websites. I have not seen the developer of Outpost add an anti-phishing feature in their program. The web control feature in Outpost is only focused in blocking websites with malware threats.