Security vendor AVG Technologies today announced a new top-tier antivirus suite, AVG Premium Security. The new suite includes everything you'll find in AVG's Internet Security package plus aggressive identity protection. According to AVG, it's the only Internet security solution around that actively surveys the Web for incidents of stolen identity, rather than taking a passive approach to protecting your name.
AVG's Identity Alert module combs through known criminal webpages, chat rooms, and bulletin boards to find out if a customer's personal information is changing hands someplace it isn't supposed to. It monitors a user's email address and debit and credit card numbers, which AVG claims are the three primary elements of an online identity. In addition, the Identity Alert system assigns an Identity Theft Risk Score based on behavioral characteristics, and provides an Identity Theft Restoration Kit that includes documentation, sample letters, and other tools to help restore a stolen identity.
The well timed product release comes on the heels of numerous online security breaches in a recent rash of attacks targeting a variety of companies and organizations, from Sony to the U.S. government.
"When you combine the shocking security lapses we have seen out of very high profile and respected brands such as Sony, Epsilon and Citigroup in the past few months with the liability shift toward consumers, it is clear that identity theft protection tools are no longer a nice to have," said J.R Smith , CEO, AVG Technologies. "Banks and corporations are at an important tipping point, showing strong indications that they will no longer simply cover losses,- expecting the online users to share equal responsibility in taking appropriate security measures that ultimately protect each other from malicious attacks."
Finally, AVG Security Premium also includes a handful of performance tools not found in its other security suites, including a disk defragmenter, junk file removal tool, registry cleaner, and broken shortcut removal.
AVG Security Premium 2011 is available now for $70 (1 license, 1 year) direct from AVG.