When Good Enough Is Usually Not Good Enough

Is your anti-virus program good enough? It is probably written by a large, reputable company, and updated frequently. Its probably good at detecting viruses and keeping  your computer locked down. But it has limits. As this AV-Comparatives report shows, not all anti-virus programs are made equal, and NONE of them can stop every intrusion: http://www.av-comparatives.org/images/stories/test/dyn/wpdt2011_1_en.pdf

So its not good enough to just get an anti-virus program and call it a day. You need to be secured as well. One of the best ways of doing this is to lie to yourself. Tell yourself that you don’t have an anti-virus program installed. No anti-virus program is perfect, so why act like yours is? Would you click on that link if you weren’t protected? How about run that program that downloads more ram for you? It isn’t good enough to rely on the computer to protect you. It’s your job to protect it.

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2 thoughts on “When Good Enough Is Usually Not Good Enough

  1. I’m surprised that anti-virus companies don’t try to consolidate data about their known malware and their fixes for them. It seems that cyber security industries care more about their products much more than their consumers. In fact, I bet if ANY 2 or 3 anti-virus companies combined their databases of malware and patches to them, they would become the most profitable as well as reliable anti-virus company out there (even though the combined company still won’t protect against every type of malware; its still better than what we would have now)

  2. Maybe all the anti-virus companies could collaborate and make one ultimate anti-virus supreme sandwhich. You’re right, anti-virus will not protect against every attack and each one is better at something. But one anti-virus monopoly with every company at it’s back would be very safe until it got hacked.

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