Cylance PrivateDetect takes a unique approach to security

Cylance is breaking the mold on endpoint security by tossing out the signature-based model and relying on math and science to find new threats.

Are you running antivirus software on your Windows PC? The better question is, “Is your security software up to date?”. The most important question, though, is “Whether your security software is up to date or not, is it really protecting you?”.

Of course you ‘re running security software of some sort. With thousands of new malware variants and exploits discovered every day it seems like you’d be crazy not to. Odds are fair you have a whole security suite, complete with antimalware, anti-spyware, anti-phishing, a personal firewall, and maybe even some intrusion detection or prevention. If it’s not kept up to date with the latest signatures, though, you’re not really protected, and even if it is there are insidious threats that sneak by all the time.

Stuart McClure, and the rest of the team at Cylance have been in the trenches of cyber security for years. They know what works, and they’ve been in a position to witness and experience firsthand what doesn’t. Cylance is striving to make cyber security more of a science than an art by leveraging concepts of math and big data to proactively identify threats.

I downloaded and installed Cylance PrivateDetect beta on my Windows 8 PC. Then, I installed it on some other PCs in my house. It’s a quick install, and a quick scan. Cylance does not rely on signatures, or try to heuristically monitor behavior, so it has less impact on the computer’s resources. It’s also nice that I’m able to view and manage all of my PCs from one console.

Another interesting aspect of PrivateDetect is the incorporation of social media. First, Cylance has users register by connecting a Facebook, Twitter, Google, or LinkedIn account because they’d rather not have you create yet another username and password to manage. Second, Cylance recognizes that your friends and family—your extended social network—has a direct impact on your security. Those are the people you trust and interact with. PrivateDetect integrates your social network to let you see how secure (if at all) your friends are, so you know whether you should think twice before clicking links or opening attachments from them.

You owe it to yourself to check it out. Cylance PrivateDetect is available for Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. You can download the free beta from the Cylance website and give it a try. You don’t need to remove your existing security software. Cylance PrivateDetect will run alongside it just fine—in fact, Cylance recommends it.

I will be conducting a more extensive review of the product soon. I’d like to hear what you think of it as well. Respond in the comments to let me know how it works for you.

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