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Don’t Blink or You’ll Miss It

Friday, April 6th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Security Help

Don’t Blink or You’ll Miss It

You may remember eEye, the security company that runs the Zero-Day Tracker. It’s a Web service that displays all the Zero-Day affected applications with a list of supporting details. Well, this fine company has decided to throw their hat into the ring and duke it out with the rest of savages in the antivirus/Internet security arena. It’s big news for the security company , because in the past, they have really only offered endpoint security for more of the commercial end of the spectrum. eEye is reaching out to the John Q. Public and their “hook” is a one year free protection subscription. That’s right, one year of updates for eEye’s Blink Personal Internet Security and Antivirus package.

This, in my opinion, is great news and I hope the product does well, because it’s one thing we could all use that’s a better competition in the race to protect us from online threats. eEye’s endpoint security products have always ranked among the top in their field and I personally don’t see why they wouldn’t have the same success in the domestic landscape.

eEye delivers what they call a full security solution. It protects all the necessary layers of security within a small suite, while remaining remarkably small. They also break, as they call it, “bloatware” in the competitor’s similar solutions. With eEye, you get all of the following below, with minimal hard drive usage.

  • System Firewall: The system firewall controls the flow of data by examining each packet and determining whether or not to forward the packet toward a specific destination.

  • Application Firewall: Blink’s application firewall prevents the execution of programs or dynamic link library files that have been tampered with. If an intruder gains entry to your computer, destructive activity can be forestalled, because the application firewall does not allow any suspected malicious code to execute.

  • Intrusion Prevention: Blink understands the unique characteristics of attack traffic and blocks it. Blink recognizes the content of network traffic at a high enough rate to be able to block malicious connections and allow legitimate traffic to get through.

  • Identity Theft Protection: Blink identifies and responds to attempts to gather personal and financial information from your computer.

  • System Protection: Blink’s various methods of system protection provide proactive security against Zero-Day attacks. In addition, Blink offers protection against buffer overflow and memory based attacks and it helps maintain compliance with security policies by providing granular control over programs and data.

  • Local Vulnerability Assessment: The vulnerability assessment engine in Blink defines, identifies and classifies security weaknesses on your computer.

  • Trusted and Banned IPs: Blink allows you to define access based on IP for sending, receiving and retrieving messages, while keeping unauthorized users out.

  • Neighborhood Watch: Blink captures attack information into event logs and as you update Blink’s Personal Edition through their auto update feature, attack information is shared with eEye’s research team to develop even better protection tools in the Blink Personal program. Your privacy is protected as this data never contains personal or private information and is aggregated to abstract even the source of the data. With this information, they are able to monitor the new methods and attack models that hackers are using to proactively protect you and your virtual neighbors.

All that and only 60MB of hard drive space. That’s wonderful!

eEye claims that today’s antivirus solutions are using older methods that just don’t offer sufficient protection anymore. Hackers are looking for new ways to infect systems. They are breaking away from the mass mailing Trojan types and are choosing to instead exploit weaknesses in applications and operating systems. eEye reinvents the wheel with unique features that enable the Internet security solution to diagnose flaws in applications before they have patches available to correct the situation. This is what eEye considers “full protection” and they say that it’s what their competitors can’t offer.

eEye is offering Blink Personal 3.0 free for one year and you have until the end of June 2007 to get your free copy. So, if you have a second system that you need protection on or you would like to try something new, this may be the way to go. If you are interested in trying out the “new kid on the block,” you can download the free one year subscription below. I have also listed the system requirements, which are remarkably low for the hard drive space it takes. It may use a little more RAM than you may be used to in a security solution though as well.

System Requirements

  • Windows 2000 (all workstation versions)
  • Windows XP 32-bit (all versions)
  • Windows Tablet PC (all versions)
  • Windows Media Center (all versions)
  • 233 MHz or higher Intel Pentium II or compatible processor
  • 128 MB of RAM
  • 60 MB hard disk space required for installation

You will find all the information necessary to get your free copy of the Blink Personal program here.

Until next week, stay safe out there!

~ Chad Stelnicki

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