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AV-Comparatives’ anti-phishing results for 2017 put Avast … – PCWorld

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AV-Comparatives recently released its round-up of the best security software for 2017 in two categories: anti-phishing and parental controls. It also released a breakdown of 15 free vs. paid antivirus solutions.

Of the test, four security solutions passed the AV-Comparatives’ anti-phishing challenge for 2017, and three made it past the company’s parental controls tests.

Why this matters: Reports from an independent testing organization like AV-Comparatives are important for the average PC user. With so many security solutions available, it’s difficult to know which ones perform well and are worth your money. Results from AV-Comparatives and others like AV-Test can help in that process for those willing to deal with a small bit of research.

Anti-phishing winners

Avast Free Antivirus, Bitdefender Internet Security, Fortinet Forticlient, and Kasperksy Internet Security all won AV-Comparatives’ seal of approval for phishing detection. Phishing is when a malicious website masquerades as a legitimate site to collect your logins for banking, email, and other sensitive information.

AV-Comparatives only tests software that’s submitted by the vendor for testing. For 2017, eight vendors asked to be tested for anti-phishing.

The initial test used 510 live phishing URLs; to pass, the software had to detect at least 90 percent of those threats. The test also had a false alarm portion to see how anti-phishing software dealt with 500 legitimate URLs.

All four passing software packages got through the false alarm test without making a mistake. Bitdefender won the top spot for detecting actual phishing sites with a detection rate of 96 percent. Coming up right behind Bitdefender was Fortinet with a 95 percent detection rate followed by Kaspersky and Avast with 93 and 92 percent detection rates, respectively.

You can check out the full anti-phishing results on AV-Comparatives’ website.