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By Launching Threat Protection, NordVPN Entered the Antivirus Market

NordVPN | February 11, 2022

With the launching of Threat Protection, which is integrated
With the launching of Threat Protection, which is integrated into the NordVPN app, NordVPN, the world's largest VPN service provider, takes another step toward cementing its position as a market leader in cybersecurity. By preventing trackers, phishing attempts, invasive adverts, harmful websites, and corrupted files, this new function provides a complete defense against cyber threats.

"At Nord Security, we know that cybersecurity evolves rapidly, and cybersecurity tools must evolve too. And as part of a broader effort to shift into a more encompassing cybersecurity company, introducing Threat Protection brings us one step closer," says Vykintas Maknickas, product strategist at NordVPN. "With the introduction of Threat Protection, we will be able to offer more services and more comprehensive protection that doesn't depend merely on your VPN connection."

Threat Protection protects against three types of threats. Web trackers and malicious adverts, as well as hazardous websites and corrupted files, are among them.

Web trackers and malicious ads

Defending against trackers is often outside the scope of a VPN, which is where Threat Protection comes in. Threat Protection improves the overall web privacy experience by ultimately preventing trackers. In real-time, you can monitor and manage the blacklisted trackers.
Harmful websites

To avoid harmful websites, utilize Threat Protection while browsing the web. Before the page loading, Threat Protection displays a warning popup. This allows you to escape rather than proceed to a potentially hazardous site where you could be phished or have your info harvested.
Infected files

Threat Protection can also be the first line of security while downloading a file from the internet. It will scan the file for malware and, if none are found, it will be designated as safe without any interruptions. However, if malware is discovered, the file will be removed before it can cause any harm. You'll also get access to a log of scanned files that you may look at at any time.

"Threat Protection takes what was once the task of antivirus software and merges it with NordVPN,Regardless of how long you have been using the internet, you can end up falling victim to some precarious website or download. This is exactly why Threat Protection was introduced — to add a layer of security to make your online browsing safer, cleaner, and more private."

Vykintas Maknickas, product strategist at NordVPN

Users must download the newest OpenVPN version of the NordVPN app from the official website to use Threat Protection. Users will be protected without connecting to a VPN server once the feature is enabled. Threat Protection is currently available for all macOS users, and Windows users will receive it gradually.

NordVPN is a service provided by Nord Security. Nord Security is steadily progressing toward its goal of being an all-in-one cybersecurity solution. Three more market-leading products join NordVPN: NordLocker, an encrypted cloud storage solution; NordPass, a next-generation password manager; and NordLayer, an advanced network access security solution.

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