Saturday, September 24, 2011

An Interesting Time in the Internet Security Suite and Antivirus World

So, Intel announces that they are going to be putting more security on their chip with software supplied by wholly owned subsidiary McAfee. This has to be interesting to the EU. At the same time, McAfee failed the most recent test by Look for DeepSafe later this year

Microsoft has started writing about Windows 8 and how they plan to add more security to the software. Can you say Microsoft Security Essentials? Microsoft Security Essentials has acquired nice market share on the market share reports, but they have not been receiving stellar reviews. I asked ESET employees about this at a recent security show. They didn’t have anything in particular to say.

PC Magazine has been busy for the last couple of months since consumer internet security vendors have been releasing their paid and free antivirus 2012 and internet security 2012 solutions.

You look at downloads on and the number of downloads from the top free vendors has dropped by “a lot”. There are a number of reasons for this, including switching where the downloads are coming from, to different servers, fewer malware attacks, less product churn, more upgrades... AVG Technologies and Avast are within 56k downloads on this site for the week ending September 17.

It’s hard to tell how the internet security suite vendors feel about reviews from .com. Doing a search on the first 10 under “Free Antivirus” based on downloads last week: Two 5 star reviews, PC Tools and Threatfire, four 4.5 stars, AVG Antivirus Free Edition 2012, Avast Free Antivirus, Avira Antivir Personal, and Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition are up there. Some paid versions seem to have worked their way in. You’ll have to read the extensive reviews to determine how one 4.5 star product is better than another. It's worth the effort.

Of course, you can’t tell a lot from an internet security provider’s fan page. The fans have never met a like button they could not hit.

It will probably be another month or two before will release a test involving the 2012 products.

Avast, F-Secure, McAfee, Sophos, and Webroot (alphabetical order) cannot be happy about how they finished in ‘s Whole Product Dynamic Tests for the month of August. Trend Micro, on the other hand, has to be quite pleased.

Some of the antivirus and internet security vendors are respectfully not participating in some third party tests. I would conjecture on this in more detail in that they disagree with the test methodology but my humble budget does not include paying for a food tester.

UK publication PC Pro ( hasn’t done a lot with 2012 internet security and antivirus products yet. Perhaps in a few months.

Over the past year, reviewers have started to incorporate more data from, and . Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. This must be purely coincidental ;). Cross-tabs and combining results from multiple test organizations can be enlightening.

So what does the above mean, besides that there's a reason not to have had caffeinated coffee at Starbucks after 8pm? Time to spend some musings in other areas like virtual appliances, higher level strategies, why HP has hired Meg Whitman, the recent SecureWorld expo, and will Intel’s Dave Dewalt make an appearance at McAfee’s event in Vegas (you can probably take that one to the bank, baby!). Theatre reviews written recently won’t be ported to this blog.

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