“Are you having a meeting” the waiter asked when she saw the table I was sitting at. I looked around and realised that my wife and kids had gone to get the food and left their tablets and phones behind. It looked like a scene you would expect from a typical office. Glancing around the restaurant I see other families having the same “meeting” with multiple devices.
When the check arrived there was an option to enter our info into an machine on the table and my 10 year old asks “but Dad how do we know we can trust this?”
That was a proud Techie Dad moment. I knew my lectures about security have sunk in. She was right. How do we know that a hacker did not enter some malware to capture my credit card info and email address on this point of sale tablet.
We are so digitally wired that everything is “electronic”. Loyalty program just requires our email address or cell phone number. Invoices are emailed. Stores allow you to pay with your PayPal and now point of sale systems allow you to tap your phone and make a payment. All of these need to be protected.
I recently wrote about Ransomware so when I was asked to review Webroot, I thought this would be a perfect time with all that security research fresh in my mind. Note: this is a sponsored post but all information and opinion is my own as always.
How does Webroot work ?
I would be surprised if you haven’t heard of Webroot. It is an international company with head office in Colorado operating in San Mateo, San Diego, Australia, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Japan and the United Kingdom. Under Dick Williams leadership the company has become a leader in providing security solution to individuals, businesses and large enterprises with their own set of products.
Webroot has several packaged to choose from. If you are a home user or want something for the family then you can get a package deal that will encompass all devices including mobile such as tablets and phones.
As with all anti-virus providers there is a free trial to try the system but even after you do purchase the software you can still change your mind after 70 days and get your money back.
After you download the installation files (which is a tiny file), you will see this screen where you enter your Keycode:
If you click on Installation Options you can also tick the option that says “Randomize the installed filename”. This is simple but effective way to trick some malware that is programmed to specifically go after the Antivirus installed on your computer. By ticking this option, this fools the malware into not attacking it.
Once you install the system, that is it. You are protected. I thought there would be additional downloads and updates but there is none – everything is included in the original tiny files. The reason for this is that Webroot does their scanning in the “cloud”. What this means is that your system is not burdened with the task of learning about every single virus every second of the day. Webroot system constantly looks at activities on your computer or phone and isolates any dodgy activities for scanning.
They have a an average scanning time of 1 minute 29 seconds which is 15 times faster than the average competitor’s scan and uses 5 MB of memory during system idle which is 9 times less than the next closest competitor.
What is also pretty cool is that in my family we have multiple operating systems: Android, iOS on mobile phone and Windows on laptops. Webroot is able to be installed across all of these devices which is great for when the kids shout “DAD WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?” or “WHAT DO I DO HERE?”….
What I did find surprising is that on my Windows computer, I have Webroot running alongside another security product and they both run without any issues – so I am doubly protected.
The one feature I am really impressed with is the way it handled Identity Protection. I am often on the road for my blogging work and coffee shops become my office. Besides the coffee, the WiFi is another big plus. However, this is a danger point. As we are all required to log into just about every website, there is a chance that someone could be conducting a man-in-the-middle attack. This is a type of attack where you think you are using the free WiFi but in fact all your web traffic is going via some hacker’s computer who is spying on all your username and passwords as they travel via his/ her computer to the internet. Webroot has a system that protects against this kind of attack. It protects against key logger software, URL grabbing, web browser modifications and stops anything that looks suspicious.
During my testing it would not let me log into a website from South Africa that was a phishing website. That was impressive as the chances that this USA company knows about a little bank in South Africa is small but obviously the software recognised the tale-tale signs of a dodgy site.
So overall I am impressed with Webroot. Don’t be mislead by the tiny program running on your computer – Webroot has immense technology behind it to keep you and your family safe online.
Check out Webroot for more info.
Disclaimer: This was a sponsored post but as always, all comments, testing and info is provided by me.