Review: ThreatTrack Security VIPRE Business Premium v6.0

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Review: ThreatTrack Security VIPRE Business Premium v6.0

VIPRE combines a small-footprint anti-virus (AV) agent with integrated patch management and mobile device management (MDM), while VIPRE Business Premium helps enterprises manage and control endpoint security without sacrificing system performance.

This combination of AV, MDM and patch management addresses vulnerabilities in third-party software, the proliferation of mobile devices and increasingly sophisticated malware. IT admins are able to centrally manage AV protection for PCs, Macs and Android devices, as well as mobile security for iPhones, iPads and Android smartphones and tablets. VIPRE's integrated patch management automatically finds and applies updates to out-of-date software, as well as providing a firewall, a malicious website blocker and an anti-phishing filter.

Additionally, VIPRE provides real-time threat protection by processing hundreds of thousands of threat samples every day, plus it incorporates live threat data into the VIPRE threat definition updates multiple times per day. Further, it provides advanced threat monitoring to protect against zero-day threats and advanced malware, helps keep Mac laptops and desktops secure with a dedicated policy that lets admins configure and centrally manage AV from the VIPRE console, and offers email protection for PCs protecting against malicious email, keeping users' inboxes safe from viruses with direct support for Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail and any email client that uses POP3 or SMTP. VIPRE also strips phishing links from emails before they reach users' inboxes, protects networks from more than 600,000 bad URLS by blocking traffic to malicious websites, finds unprotected machines and alerts administrators to take action, eliminates conflicts on the network during installation by automatically removing existing AV solutions, and auto-scans USB flash drives and other removable media for malware threats when plugged in.

Installation of VIPRE can be done on a wide variety of Windows servers, desktops and laptops, Mac OS X, as well as iOS and Android devices. ThreatTrack provided a document that contained a URL to two installation documents, as well as a link to downloading the product. The documentation was well written, making it easy to get the solution up and running within minutes. The dashboard was simple and clear. Task selection was done with a set of icons at the top of the dashboard. Policy templates made it easy to set up personalized policies. The dashboard also provided graphs, status windows and a Site Navigator - making it easy to navigate and view resources at a glance. 

ThreatTrack offers a basic, no-cost support option eight-hours-a-day/five-days-a-week that includes phone, email, chat and forums along with website tools, including a knowledge base and FAQ. Additionally, the company offers a fee-based, 24/7 option for $4.56 per computer for five computers scaling to $2.40 per computer for 250 to 499 computers.

Because of the simplicity of installation and configuration, this product was a pleasant surprise. It packs quite a punch for its size and is a good value for the money spent.

Strengths: Clean threat definition updates and dashboard. Weaknesses: Needs more attention to encryption and DLP. Verdict: Strong product with unexpected quality.


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