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Some signaled the death knell of security firms like Symantec and McAfee after Microsoft released its free Microsoft Security Essentials product. That hasn't been the case, however, and Intel sure doesn't feel that way, or it wouldn't have bought security giant McAfee for $7.68 billion, as it did on Thursday. The deal is all-cash, and amounts to $48 per share. While Intel is definitely a hardware company, it has been building more security into its products with, for example, its vPro series for business. With the addition of McAfee, it would seem that Intel wants to build more security directly... Read more...
If you've read any of our recent mobile reviews, you'd know that we're no fans of pre-installed security/anti-virus software. Too often, these suits are nagging, and they generally bog down a system that would otherwise run far faster. We have no issues with these applications being bundled on a disc, but having them on the HDD right out of the box is a less-than-great experience. Despite arguments to the contrary or otherwise, many corporate PCs have some sort of security suite installed. Generally, we see this as a good idea--a virus getting around the office could seriously mess up productivity,... Read more...
Symantec has released a report (.PDF) on what it calls "rogue security software." According to the report, Symantec has detected over 250 distinct rogue security software programs, and during the timeframe of the report, July 2008 - June 2009, 43 million attempted downloads of such rogue programs. The company was unable to determine exactly how many installs completed. One of the most prevalent ways for these bogus AV programs to install is when a user browses to a website, which then pops up a message saying that "your PC is vulnerable," or "your PC is infected" or other similar warning. This... Read more...
While Symantec and other antivirus firms may make gibes at Microsoft's free Security Essentials antivirus, Microsoft reportedly offered the product in order to increase AV coverage in regions where people can't afford to pay for one. At least, that's the reason they gave, and at first glance it appears MSE is making some headway. According to Microsoft, in the first week they saw over 1.5 million downloads of Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). At the same time, the company reported only 535,752 distinct PCs running the software (hey, where'd the rest go?). However, the companycounted four million... Read more...
McAfee recently launched an online backup service that lets you store and encrypt photos, videos, music, emails, and other files. To make things even easier, McAfee Online Backup is a completely automated service that provides unlimited capacity. After installation, the backup process is automatic and takes place in the background at regular intervals so you won't have to worry about remembering to back up your files. Furthermore, since storage is unlimited, you don't have to prioritize data. Should a catastrophe or device failure occur, your files are easily retrievable with a few clicks from... Read more...
Microsoft's new Security Essentials anti-malware product has just gone live. The site has been updated in the past hour or so, since we last checked it, and users can now download Microsoft Security Essentials for 32-bit Windows XP, and 32- and 64-bit Windows Vista/7. That's correct, in case you're wondering. There is no support for 64-bit Windows XP, at least for now. Microsoft's reasoning behind the free security software is, according to the company, to be sure that users in emerging markets are protected, as many of those users can't afford to buy antivirus software. As you probably know (and... Read more...
Here's a way to get attention to your product: suggest that it can prevent consumers' PCs from becoming a "zombie." Believe it or not, a new report from McAfee suggests there has been a 50% increase in the number of detected "zombie computers" since 2008. You're terrified already, aren't you?According to a BBC report, a zombie PC is simply one that has been hijacked by a cyber-criminal, or in other words, commandeered without the owner realizing it. Needless to say, such a situation is indeed scary, with crooks having easy access to potentially damaging information. The assertion comes on the heels... Read more...
Considering the explosion of layoffs announced in recent weeks, companies would do well to seriously be on guard against data theft. According to a survey that polled some 800 companies in eight countries, 42 percent of firms admitted that laid-off employees were the single largest threat to their data security.The survey, which was unsurprisingly conducted by security / technology firm McAfee, found that businesses overall risk losing over one trillion dollars from "loss or theft of data and other cybercrime." After a so-called "rapid acceleration of malicious software" -- better known by laypersons... Read more...
McAfee has released its annual "Mapping the Mal Web" report, which reports on "the riskiest and safest places on the Web," after analyzing "9.9 million heavily trafficked Web sites" using its own McAfee Site Advisor technology. Topping the list of most dangerous domains is the .hk domain (Hong Kong); the safest domain is .fi (Finland). Ranked in order, the top five most dangerous country domains are: .hk (Hong Kong).cn (China).ph (Philippines).ro (Romania).ru (Russia)In order, the top safest are: .fi (Finland).jp (Japan).no (Norway).si (Slovenia).co (Columbia)In addition to country domains, McAfee... Read more...
Hacker Safe?  We're guessing that applies only to web sites, not securities fraud.One of the researchers behind ScanAlert, the "Hacker Safe" certification company McAfee recently acquired, is facing fraud charges in Indiana.Brett Oliphant, whose title had been vice president of security services before the Napa, California, company was acquired by McAfee in January, is facing 11 counts of securities fraud in transactions that allegedly brought in more than US$1.215 million.Oliphant and his brother Bryan were charged in December. Their trial is set for Nov. 18 at the Elkhart County Superior... Read more...
Yahoo wants your Web searching to be safe. Yahoo has partnered with McAfee to utilize McAfee's SiteAdvisor technology in Yahoo searches to keep Web surfers from visiting would-be harmful sites. In a press release from earlier today, Yahoo stated:"Yahoo!, Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO) and McAfee, Inc. (NYSE:MFE) today announced a partnership to deliver a safer Web search experience through Yahoo! Search. Launching in beta today, the new SearchScan feature by Yahoo! Search, powered by the award-winning McAfee(R) SiteAdvisor(R) technology, provides always-on alerts to users for "risky" sites with security concerns... Read more...
This experiment resembles nothing so much as the Super Size Me experiment, where a man attempted to live on McDonald's food for an entire month.  McAfee has started a 30-day study to see just how much junk people can get via spam.The Santa Clara company solicited participants through an ad on Craigslist and chose five people from each of the 10 countries in which it does business. The spam-hunters will be given new Dell laptops with minimal anti-virus protection - which they'll be allowed to keep - disposable e-mail addresses and, in some cases, small amounts of money so they can buy products... Read more...
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