PCMag Not Happy With Norton Antispyware Edition
Wow, only two stars and a 'fair' rating is all they got. Not
pretty. More over, Webroot got pushed aside from their #1 spot
by another consumer tool called Spyware Doctor. Here is what
PCMag said about Norton:
"Integrating antivirus, antispyware, and firewall smoothly in a
single package is a fantastic concept. However, the antispyware
module here just doesn't hold up, and the all-inclusive package
may not install on an already-infested system. For now we suggest
you continue to use a standalone antispyware product."
"PROS: Offers full security suite along with antispyware;
firewall and antivirus protect against some spyware exploits.
"CONS: Very slow installation; very slow scanning; program failed
to install/run on badly infested system; no hijack protection
Here is a link to the full review. (CounterSpy is not in this
review because we were not out of beta with the new Consumer
V1.5 yet) Interesting reading for sure.
Survey: IT Security Takes Toll on Employee Productivity
A Recent Maritz Poll(R) reveals the negative impact on Employee
Productivity. This poll surveyed IT managers in small and medium
businesses, and it reveals the repercussions of computer viruses
and other security problems, with their correlation to downtime.
Nearly all (92 percent) reported that computer performance levels
were affected by up to 50 percent due to security issues. This
is good ammo if you need budget for security tools.
Some of the security issues affecting productivity were:
- 75 percent of small and medium businesses were hit by at least
one virus, with some affected over 100 times, in the past year.
- 40 percent of respondents have been hit by hackers at least
once, with some targeted more than 200 times, in the past year.
This is compounded by the common knowledge that virtually every
computer with Internet access is assaulted with a barrage of
adware, spyware and spam daily. And guess what? Defense are
still not in place for significant sections:
- 29 percent don't use anti-spam software.
- 34 percent don't use spyware software.
- 4 percent don't use anti-virus software.
- 47 percent don't use adware software.
- 9 percent don't have Internet firewalls.
"I'm amazed that we don't see 100 percent of small and medium
businesses taking advantage of the protective technology
available," said Paul Cousino, director of Research Services
at Maritz' IT Group.
It's worse. Many are not doing what they should to stay protected:
- Nearly 10 percent do not automatically update their anti-virus
- Only 23 percent of those that are updating it manually are doing
- Only 82 percent plan to invest in anti-virus software in 2005.
For more information about this poll,
Redmond Completes Sybari Acquisition
Microsoft completed the acquisition of Sybari Software this week.
They revealed the future of the product line. To start with, they
killed off new sales of the Linux and Unix platforms. Redmond
will continue to support them for a while. No one knows for how
They plan to continue selling the Windows line, like Antigen for
Exchange, SharePoint, Instant Messaging, SMTP, Domino and some
others. And for the moment, Microsoft will continue with the
existing Sybari sales channels and pricing. At some future date
the Sybari partner program will merge into the Microsoft Partner
Sybari's Antigen products use scanning engines from multiple
anti-virus and anti-spam companies including Sophos, CA and
Kaspersky Labs. MS will continue to offer the various engines,
in addition to their own GeCad engine.
Well, I can only say that most antigen users are going to look
carefully at what Redmond is doing and go into wait-and-see mode.
There are other products out there on the horizon that will
Double-Take Wins 2 Awards In One Week
Double-Take wins the 2005 MSD2D People's Choice Award. The
Fourth Annual 2005 MSD2D People's Choice Awards recognizes
the best products and companies in our industry and determined
by actual users. This makes the People's Choice award a truly
coveted trophy. MSD2D announced the awards recently at
Microsoft Tech-Ed 2005. Double-Take was selected in the
Backup category. For more info, please visit:
Double-Take also wins the Sixth Annual W2KNews Target Award
in the High Availability/Fault-Tolerance category. The Target
Awards are given to companies with top Windows NT/2000/2003
utilities in 31 different categories through an online reader
poll. The winners were announced recently at Microsoft TechEd.
Double-Take product specs:
Many CIOs have changed the way they think about disaster recovery.
How about you? ComputerWorld has a good story about the change
in perspective on DR and what types of incidents are being looked
at now as more likely compared to 5 years back. This is a good
read that I warmly recommend as a job security backgrounder: