Vipre Business Premium v6.0
Strengths: Clean threat definition updates and dashboard
Weaknesses: Needs more attention to encryption and DLP
Verdict: Strong product with unexpected quality
Vipre combines a small-footprint anti-virus 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 administrators 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 Vipre's integrated patch management automatically finds and applies updates to out-of-date software, as well as providing a firewall, a malicious website blocker and an anti-phishing filter.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 administrators configure and centrally manage AV from the Vipre console.
It 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. Further features include the ability to: strip phishing links from emails before they reach users' inboxes; protect networks from more than 600,000 bad URLS by blocking traffic to malicious websites; find unprotected machines and alert administrators to take action; eliminate conflicts on the network during installation by automatically removing existing AV solutions; and auto-scan 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 personalised 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 knowledgebase and FAQs. Additionally, the company offers a fee-based, 24/7 option for £4.36 per computer for five computers scaling to £2.23 per computer for 250 to 499 computers.
This product was a pleasant surprise because of the simplicity of installation and configuration. It packs quite a punch for its size and is good value for the money spent.