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Kaspersky Debuts Anti-Virus Tailored for Very Small Businesses

Kaspersky Debuts Anti-Virus Tailored for Very Small Businesses
The software package strikes a balance of features and affordability for small businesses. / Credit: Shutterstock

A newly updated anti-virus suite aims to strike the best balance of features and affordability for small businesses.

Kaspersky Small Office Security, developed by Kaspersky Lab, is touted as the first security suite designed specifically with “very small businesses” in mind.

The developer says the software is an alternative to limited consumer anti-virus software and costly enterprise suites filled with unnecessary features.

It includes up to 25 user licenses per business, with support for PCs and Android smartphone and tablets. Licensing options range from $229 to $985 per year.

Kaspersky Small Office Security includes:

  • “Safe Money,” a secure Web browser designed specifically for conducting financial transactions online. The browser is activated any time a user visits a financial site, including banks and online payment services. Kaspersky Lab says Safe Money blocks unauthorized programs such as key loggers and screen-capture malware that could compromise your sensitive data, and it includes anti-phishing features.
  • Mobile device support allows employees to safely view and store sensitive company data on their smartphone or tablet.  The mobile suite includes anti-malware software, Web browsing protection and privacy controls — features that could be a big plus in bring-your-own-device offices.
  • Automatic exploit prevention provides protection against hackers taking advantage of software vulnerabilities. Kaspersky Lab says the software constantly monitors commonly exploited software like Java for suspicious behavior.
  • A built-in password manager helps your employees use a range of strong passwords across different accounts and services. It keeps your passwords stored in an encrypted vault so you only need to remember a single master password, and it can generate secure passwords for you so you won’t be tempted to reuse old favorites.
  • Online backup is included, so your business can save critical data to the cloud and access it from any Internet-connected device.
  • Web and device management features allow business owners to limit employee access to websites and applications, and remotely manage settings on each company machine.