Microsoft Security Essentials Offers Protection from Network Attacks
The new beta of Security Essentials provides protection against network-based attacks.
Microsoft has released a new beta version of its free Security Essentials anti-malware software. As mentioned in this report on Ars Technica, the new version of the anti-virus, anti-spyware software includes more protection against network-based attacks.
"The network protection has two parts. Microsoft Security Essentials now integrates with Internet Explorer to better protect against web-based threats. This allows the program to prevent malicious scripts from running. The current version can detect such scripts when they get written to Internet Explorer's cache, but that may be too late to protect the user.
"The beta is available on a first-come, first-served basis on Microsoft Connect; the beta program only has a limited number of places. Microsoft claims that the beta is only available to customers in the US, Israel, Brazil, and China; nonetheless, it successfully downloaded and installed for me, based in the UK. Future updates will be delivered through Microsoft Update."