Comcast Adds Free Anti-Cybercriminal Software Suite For Internet Customers

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Paranoia. It's what makes the world go 'round. So maybe that's not precisely true in all cases, but does it not apply here? With the rampant hacking that's been going on (we're looking at you, Sony!), people near and far are suddenly concerned with Internet security. It's always been a concern in reality, but these days it's getting a huge chunk of the mainstream spotlight thanks to the efforts of ill-willed hackers that are bringing down massive services such as PSN and swiping vital information from SonyPictures.com.

Now, Comcast is exploiting the situation (or, should we say, making an intelligent business move) by launching new Internet safety services that aim to protect customers. While we say this with half a smile, it actually is nice to see an ISP looking out for those who may be far less techno-savvy and able to prevent themselves from becoming a victim. It's not the first actions by an ISP to provide users with anti-virus and firewall software, but this is a pretty comprehensive front against cybercriminals.


Comcast just so happens to be America's largest residential Internet service provider, and these new Internet safety solutions and resources for its Xfinity Internet customers are being added for no additional fee. Timed to coincide with Internet Safety Month, the company’s new desktop application, called the Constant Guard Protection Suite, will include Norton Security Suite as well as Identity Guard. We aren't the biggest fans of these anti-virus packages that overrun your desktop with constant pop-ups, but these days, maybe it's worth the annoyance to know you're covered.
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LBowen replied on Mon, Jun 6 2011 12:46 AM

I use AVG Free in combination with MalwareBytes and I have been virus free for quite sometime now. I remember my days of using Norton being extremely aggravating especially when I decided to switch up and Norton Antivirus would not uninstall properly. I had to get their removal tool to annihilate the software from my system.

The main reason I wanted to uninstall was because the version I was using ate up a major amount of my system resources.

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Norton is much better than it used to be as far as system resources are concerned. But the majority stock holders are a Chinese company. I don't see how this can protect a user from data being stolen from major corporations servers such as in Sony's case. What I would like to see is companies to stop saving credit card information. Amazon.com for example every time you use your card it saves the information for easy use on your next purchase and there is no way to opt-out other then deleting the card from the account each time. The purchase should be made and card number purged.

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rrplay replied on Mon, Jun 6 2011 9:27 AM

Nice to see the announcement regarding the software suite. Some of us prefer to use others like Avast Free Edition and Malware bytes. I also use Commodo with Firewall only. &  have recommended this type of combination for others as well.

I think that companies like Amazon that save personal credit card info these days should have the option to opt out from having that info stored for future convenience.Seems that this choice from Amazon and possibly others could save a bit of the 'merry-go-round' that been happening lately and likely to happen again sometime in the future.

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Jun 6 2011 11:22 AM

I personally run Comodo, and use updated Spybot S&D for the start up and background blocks. I also clean regularly as well as check the registry and modify when needed. As far as an antivirus goes there is not a lot more you could ask for than what Comodo offers with DNS custom, recorded, and specific setting, network traffic monitors, spyware blocking and monitoring of its own, and for free etc etc.

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newegg is the same way, this bugs me especially with those false https/security badges that find there way onto sites.

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did they develop this themselves or is this rehashed IP?

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AKwyn replied on Mon, Jun 6 2011 4:23 PM

Obviously rehashed.

 

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I use Avast Free and Malwarebytes Free. Btw, anyone know whether this will be customer-exclusive or not? Also, do you think that Comcast could really come out with something good enough to compete with those services already out there?

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thank god, i would not trust my computer with comcast r&d - not that i'd use this anyway

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