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Fear Sells; is FUD an acceptable marketing tool?

Posted by Kevin on June 6, 2016

Fear sells. Fear is what makes us buy security products. If there was no fear, we wouldn’t buy them. This simple statement lies behind the ever-present question that maybe, just maybe, the security industry can sometimes exaggerate the fear factor to increase sales. Does it do that? You decide. On two consecutive days I looked […]

Signatures newsflash: AV doesn’t detect what it doesn’t detect

Posted by David Harley on July 20, 2015

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Signatures aren’t The Answer, but they’re not always ineffective.

The anti-virus industry does itself no favours

Posted by Kevin on July 11, 2015

For years there have been suspicions that the anti-virus industry is maybe not so clean from NSA taint as it should be. I have been one of those doubters: AV and the NSA: is the anti-virus industry in bed with the NSA – why do CIPAV, FinFisher and DaVinci still defeat AV?  FBI, CIPAV spyware, […]

Still speculating about anti-virus after all these years?

Posted by Kevin on June 23, 2015

The Intercept yesterday published an article titled Popular Security Software Came Under Relentless NSA and GCHQ Attacks. I am one who in the past has wondered about the relationship between the spy agencies and the anti-virus industry (see, for example, AV and the NSA: is the anti-virus industry in bed with the NSA – why […]

Never tell an AV guy that he’s unnecessary

Posted by Kevin on July 8, 2014

If there is one thing I have learnt in years of security, it is this: never tell an AV guy that he is not necessary. But that is exactly what Adrian Ludwig, the lead engineer for Android security at Google, seems to have told the Sydney Morning Herald: The majority of Android smartphone and tablet […]