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Anti-malware testing issues

Posted by Kevin on December 4, 2016

There is something wrong with this picture. Carl Gottlieb has founded a new online service called TestMyAV. It’s purpose is to allow you to test your own anti-virus product: “Giving you the malware, testing guides and tools you need to test antivirus products for yourself. Trust yourself, not the ‘experts’.” The site provides the malware […]

I love Avast, but…

Posted by Kevin on March 21, 2016

Don’t get me wrong. I love Avast. I use Avast – well, the free version at least. Free software comes with a contract – it usually requires you to give up some or a lot of personal information. It’s your choice to accept or reject this contract. But it’s difficult for a security firm to […]

Still critical of the AV industry… after all these years

Posted by Kevin on August 8, 2015

David Harley has written an excellent paper published in Virus Bulletin: Hype heuristics, signatures and the death of AV (again). If you haven’t read it, I thoroughly recommend it: it’s a defence of the anti-virus industry. The tragedy is that he needs to write it at all. The problem is that the anti-virus industry is […]

Avast, there, AV vendors …

Posted by Rob Slade on March 21, 2015

I noticed, recently, that some of my email was going out bearing the message: > This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software. > http://www.avast.com I use Avast, so I wasn’t too worried.  It’s (generally) a decent product, and has a “turn off temporarily” feature, even in the free version, which I […]

ITsecurity Daily News: 10/08/2014

Posted by Kevin on October 9, 2014

The ITsecurity daily security briefing: Thursday, October 9, 2014. If you find this security briefing useful, please spread the word via social media. If you have any comments or recommendations, please email kevtownsend at gmail dot com. News Papers/Reports WebThings Events M&A Alerts News More than 30 police forces refuse to reveal uses of RIPA […]

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 […]