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Avira Browser Safety plugin gets upgraded for the human touch

Upgraded browser plugin makes it simpler to stay away from intrusive and malicious online actors

Upgraded browser plugin makes it simpler to stay away from intrusive and malicious online actors

Tettnang, 6. December 2016 – The latest upgrade of the Avira Browser Safety plugin for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox brings users a more visually intuitive package and a better ease of use to stop malicious websites and intrusive trackers before they can damage users’ privacy and device safety.

The free Avira Browser Safety (ABS) browser plugin prevents users from going to malicious websites, stops suspect downloads of Potentially Unwanted Apps, and manages or blocks website trackers. It is backed by the real-time experiences of millions of Avira users worldwide and the company’s own AI-driven analysis of malware and their distribution sites. This insight is used by Avira to build the ever-evolving ABS blacklist of invasive trackers and infected and malicious sites to protect the user’s online privacy and safety.

“From the user perspective, it doesn’t matter if they are visiting a legitimate site that has been infected or have been directed to a phishing site, the results can be the same”, said Alexander Vukcevic, head of the Avira Virus Lab. “By protecting people from actively going to infected sites, Avira Browser Safety is a natural complement to a user’s antivirus.”

New visual appearance for a better ease of use

The new visual appearance of Avira Browser Safety is designed to keep users better informed and connected, helping them understand risks without interfering in their online activities. The ABS alerts now come as a pull down from the extension icon in the notification bar; helping users interact with ABS as needed, without covering up the visited website. Visually, each safe site and search result is now marked with a red shield, giving a clear and nonintrusive message to users that the visited site has been checked by Avira.

Keep an eye on trackers

With thousands of trackers following a user’s every online move, people have the right to decide what information about themselves is being collected – and to control this process. The upgraded Avira Browser Safety interface makes it easier to monitor the trackers and see their status. Each blocked tracker is shown with a green closed eye, indicating that the user’s privacy is protected. Unblocked trackers are shown with a red open eye, alerting users that someone is watching their online activity. While ABS blocks all trackers by default, users can choose to unblock certain trackers if they want to. This can be on an individual level for selected sites or at a global level for all visited websites.

Safeguarding online activities is an ongoing process, especially when it comes to categorizing trackers and PUA. For this reason, the upgraded ABS includes links which explain the security and privacy benefits along with recommendations on how to use the plugin more effectively.

Five points to remember

Avira Browser Safety does five major activities to increase user online security and privacy:

·         Prevents users from going to malicious websites by comparing the sites which are about to be visited with an ever-changing blacklist of places known for distributing malware, spam, phishing activities, and Potentially Unwanted Apps (PUA).

·         Blocks unsafe iframe content in visited webpages from downloading to the user’s computer.

·         Stops suspect PUA downloads, preventing the accidental downloading of unwanted and hard-to-remove applications.

·         Manages or blocks website trackers, letting the user decide what trackers – if any – can follow their online activities.

·         Scans the results from major search engines and informs the user if it is safe to click – or not – on a search result.

Availability, System Requirements

Avira Browser Safety is available for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. The upgraded version can be downloaded at Avira.com.

Important: Your current Windows version is outdated and no longer supported.
For your security, we recommend switching to Windows 10 before downloading Avira software.
Update your Windows version here.
Wichtig: Ihre Windows-Version ist veraltet und wird nicht mehr unterstützt.
Zu Ihrer Sicherheit empfehlen wir Ihnen den Wechsel zu Windows 10 vor dem Download unserer Software.
Hier können Sie Ihr Windows aktualisieren.
Important: Votre version actuelle de Windows est obsolète et n’est plus prise en charge.
Pour votre sécurité, nous vous conseillons de passer à Windows 10 avant de télécharger le logiciel Avira.
Mettez à jour votre version de Windows ici.
Importante: Tu versión actual de Windows está desactualizada y ya no es compatible.
Por tu seguridad, te recomendamos que instales Windows 10 antes de descargar la solución de Avira.
Actualiza aquí tu versión de Windows.
Importante: La tua attuale versione di Windows è obsoleta e non è più supportata.
Per la tua sicurezza, ti consigliamo di passare a Windows 10 prima di scaricare i software Avira.
Aggiorna la tua versione di Windows qui.
Importante: Sua versão atual do Windows está desatualizada e não tem mais suporte.
Para sua segurança, recomendamos que troque para o Windows 10 antes de baixar o software da Avira.
Atualize sua versão do Windows aqui.
Важно: ваша версия Windows устарела и больше не поддерживается.
Из соображений безопасности перед загрузкой ПО Avira мы рекомендуем перейти на Windows 10.
Обновить Windows вы можете здесь.
Belangrijk: Uw huidige versie van Windows is verouderd en wordt niet meer ondersteund.
Voor uw veiligheid adviseren wij u om over te stappen op Windows 10 voordat u de Avira-software downloadt.
Update uw Windows-versie hier.
Önemli: Kullanmakta olduğunuz Windows sürümü eski ve artık desteklenmiyor.
Güvenliğiniz için Avira yazılımını indirmeden önce Windows 10 sürümüne yükseltmenizi öneririz.
Windows sürümünü buradan güncelleyin.
重要 : 現在お使いの Windows バージョンは古いため、サポートされなくなりました。
安全のため、Avira ソフトウェアをダウンロードする前に Windows 10 に切り替えることをお勧めします。
こちらより Windows バージョンをアップデートしてください
重要信息 : 您当前的 Windows 版本已过时,并且不再受支持。
为了安全起见,我们建议您在下载 Avira 软件之前切换到 Windows 10。
在此升级您的 Windows 版本
重要資訊 : 您當前的 Windows 版本已過時,並且不再受支援。
為了安全起見,我們建議您在下載 Avira 軟體之前切換到 Windows 10。
在此升級您的 Windows 版本