You can’t avoid the web browser. You use the Internet for work, for online bookings, for recreation and to keep in touch with your social network. So much of what you do online is done through the interface of the humble web browser.
And that is why the risk is so high. Websites can carry Trojan virus software, ransomware, or other bits of malicious code that are downloaded when you visit them. Even websites that were previously safe can be “hacked” and have malicious code inserted into them. Beyond that, websites that haven’t been hacked can still be targeted to deliver malicious code; for example, if a website displays Google AdSense ads (the most popular ad supplier), a hacker can take out an ad and deliver a virus through the website without ever touching the site itself.
Overall, over 70 per cent of cyber attacks are delivered through web browsers. And to top it off, they are notoriously difficult to actually protect against.
How Chrome Cleanup can help
Organisations will look to their channel partners to assist in defending against all malware on the internet, and that means web browsers will need an ongoing strategy to manage this.
Thankfully, ESET has partnered with Google to create a free Google Chrome tool called Chrome Cleanup to help address web browser threats by identifying them in real time and providing warnings so that the user can avoid accidentally installing something malicious.
IT managers constantly struggle to implement policies to protect an organisation from browser threats – even a robust training program to ensure employees operate to best practice won’t account for all browser-based threats. The Google Chrome Cleanup solution is very much set-and-forget for IT managers, freeing them up to focus on managing other parts of the technology fleet.
The tool uses ESET technology to identify and eradicate suspicious or unwanted software on a Windows computer. It operates on a simple, 3-step process:
- Detection – when the software finds a suspicious program, Chrome Cleanup notifies the user then offers to remove the software
- Removal – Chrome Cleanup will delete the suspicious code or program with a single click of a button
- Confirmation – Chrome Cleanup then confirms that the program has been removed
It is a lightweight bit of software itself and operates quietly in the background, without affecting the performance of the computer in any way. As an instant layer of protection, combined with ESET’s deep research and ability to catch malware immediately, the Chrome Cleanup will instantly protect the individual or business from the majority of malware that is out there.
The channel’s role in web browser security
Chrome Cleanup powered by ESET provides channel partners with an opportunity to demonstrate ESET’s commitment to research and development in order to share knowledge across the industry to increase overall cyber safety and awareness.
Google partners with the most reliable and trusted organisations in the world, and through the Chrome Cleanup tool, ESET have the opportunity to demonstrate to customers the value of that vote of confidence.
Chrome Cleanup has been designed as one piece of the overall security strategy. In itself, it’s a free-to-use browser tool, and it offers even further enhanced value when bundled as part of a comprehensive security solution.
More broadly, ESET’s end-point suite provides comprehensive protection beyond that initial layer. Light on the computer’s processor, easy to manage, and proven to generate fewer false alarms than other security solutions, ESET Endpoint Suite is a comprehensive, enterprise-ready antivirus and antimalware solution.
Suhail Ismail, channel sales manager at ESET Australia, comments: “Equally valuable to home and enterprise users, the Chrome Cleanup tool powered by ESET is an opportunity for resellers of all sizes to introduce clients to the ESET security solution beyond Chrome Cleanup.”
“The tool is a great example of how two large technology providers are coming together to make our digital journey safer, and demonstrates how channel partners can work with ESET do the same for their clients across their security approach.”