Once again, Avast is one step ahead of cyber threats, protecting you in all areas of life. This time, the cybersecurity company is introducing the Webcam Shield, a new feature for Avast Business.
Webcams can easily be hacked and there have been numerous hacking cases in recent years. Antivirus companies have focused their efforts on protecting our home computers so they don’t fall prey to any intruders. But there’s one area that, until now, has been overlooked.
In the business world, it’s common to have your own laptop. And it’s also typical for this laptop to have a built-in webcam. Although built-in webcams are harder to hack than those that come separately, effective hacking of these cameras is more threatening than you think. When a cybercriminal has the power to control a computer’s built-in webcam, he controls everything, including the power to disable the camera’s LED light.
Bottom line: you’ll never know if your work computer’s camera has been hacked.
Think about the risks that this uncertainty could involve. You bring your work laptop everywhere. For example, important meetings where you go over company numbers, where key decisions are made and where information is discussed, all of which in the wrong hands could result in a lot of damage to your company, job and reputation.
Aware of this new problem, Avast has updated the Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus, its antivirus for companies, to include the Webcam Shield, a feature that recently launched for its Business Antivirus.
As its name suggests, the Webcam Shield protects your webcam so nobody can spy on you at work. No matter how silent, or whether the LED light is disabled, Avast won’t let in a single hacker. If any suspicious activity is detected, it will block applications or related components, and notify you of what’s going on.
Like the home version, the Webcam Shield for Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus has a central setting that disables the camera’s drivers so that nobody, not even you, can use it. This option can be disabled at any time. So, if you’re on an important business trip, or have a crucial company meeting, you can always enable the central setting and put your mind at ease.
The Webcam Shield also lets you decide which applications to give open permissions and which should have completely forbidden access.
The Webcam Shield is only one of the many features of Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus, so that your security and privacy are guaranteed at work. You can find out more about Avast Business in another one of our sponsored articles. Like all their products, Business Antivirus is constantly updated to face new cyber threats.
A good example was last month’s discovery that there had been a security breach in the WPA2 protocol, affecting the vast majority of WiFi connections. Avast updated all its Business products so this breach was a thing of the past.
If you’re part of your company’s technical team, an employee concerned about security at work or the director of your own company, Avast Business products are what you need to enjoy a stress-free 2018.