This blog posting is the first in a series where you'll find descriptions of the novelties we’re making as we develop the Outpost Pro 7.0 products, which are soon going into beta. We’re encouraging everyone to get to know the new versions gradually as soon as they'll become available, learning all aspects of what’s new and what’s better, so we can get your concurrent feedback. Many of the improvements in our products are suggested by our users, so you might find your idea in a future blog posts in this series.
Here's a very brief overview of how Outpost products evolved:
New! Outpost Protected Objects
Outpost Protected Objects (working name) module enables protection of locally-stored assets (Protected Objects) from corruption or access by malware. With just a few clicks, you can simply highlight a folder or file using Outpost’s Advanced menu and set a password. This simple action ensures private, secret or otherwise sensitive content is kept safe from children, colleagues or other users of the computer, as well as from external threats, such as spyware and other nefarious programs.
New! System and Application Guard
Outpost 7.0 users will benefit from System and Application Guard (working name), sibling of Outpost's Critical objects controller, which adds another layer of defense to Agnitum's paradigm. This new feature protects sensitive personal data (cached login details and passwords, electronic wallet IDs, etc.) stored by instant messengers, browsers and electronic payment processors from being accessed and hijacked by unauthorized non-related applications – a wide-spread technique employed by modern malware-makers. Outpost will be equipped with predefined access limitations so that only ICQ would be able to retrieve personal ICQ credentials, only Internet Explorer would be granted access to its cookies and so forth.
Improved! Anti-Malware engine
The Anti-malware engine has been enhanced with new detection and remediation capabilities and also underwent the following improvements:
• In compliance with antivirus protection standards, the option to automatically cure infected objects detected by the real-time monitor is now set as default action
• An updated heuristic analyzer, part of the Antimalware module, turns visible in the interface and more flexible due to adjustable sensitivity levels (normal/high)
• Actionable Quarantine facilitates decision-making regarding neutralized suspicious objects; quarantined files can be easily restored right from the new menu or exterminated in a couple of clicks
New! Monitor of file and registry activity
An invaluable assistant to advanced users, this tool provides a big picture of current file and registry activity. The user may opt to take a snapshot of the monitor's records for deeper analysis or, if necessary, terminate a suspicious process right from the list.
Improved! Updated anti-leak capabilities
Like the previous versions Outpost 7.0 has furthermore enhanced its anti-leak arsenal addressing the latest zero-day threats and data leakage techniques employed by sophisticated malware.
New! Revamped user interface
The solutions were redesigned to reflect the modern Windows 7 look and provide better visibility of product notifications.
Improved! Optimized performance
Outpost 2010 solutions deliver improved performance and use fewer system resources thanks to a number of measures:
• New! Tolerant filtration of P2P currents, such as video and audio streams
• Improved! More efficient anti-malware update process due to new local servers and decreased update volume - without prejudice to consistency and content
• Improved! Friendly interoperability with applications and web-sites using Middle and Far East language characters due to ImproveNet advancements
New! Extended compatibility
Outpost 2010 is fully compatible with Windows 7, Vista (up to SP2), Windows XP (up to SP3), Windows Server 2003 and 2008, and , as well as all previous 32-bit versions from Windows 2000 onwards and all 64-bit Windows. All Outpost solutions are fully compatible with the Microsoft Action Center in both Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
That's it for now. We'll elaborate the descriptions and give you more information on every feature and improvement in further blog postings. Keep your eyes open for the updates and expect the notification of publicly available versions!
Pavel Goryakin, Agnitum