About 4 years ago, while I was working at Avira, I wrote this article for (ISC)2’s blog.
I wrote back then about how to cover all attack vectors for malware.
I also wrote about the hidden costs, which many people tend to ignore. These costs are not
acquisition costs. They are even not easily visible.
I concluded, that it is possible to achieve a decent degree of security without any acquisition costs. However, there are drawbacks and there are hidden maintenance costs. For those who are interested in having software that works for them and not the other way around, it is advisable to get a paid security solution that covers all the relevant attack vectors and offers a
decent quality of service.
I am very proud to say that I would not change anything in that article, even back then I could have been biased by working for Avira, one of the major players in this space.
I guess that this is what makes one a professional.
Four years later
In these four years,
- AVG, one of the major players in Free AV field was acquired by Avast.
- Malware Bytes became a major player in the free space, even if they don’t offer yet a Real-time scanner
- Kaspersky released a free edition of their software
- Eset writing on several channels (here and here) about how bad the “free” is
- Many, many new small players entered the free market, many of them even making it to the Microsoft page for AV software
Quite some action, I would say.
Any change in my recommendation?
No. Absolutely no change.
Things got a bit cleaner, less advertising, for example, but all I wrote 4 years ago remains valid.
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