Avoiding the Landmines of a Dangerous War Zone

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After blogging for about eight years, there is one thing I have learned the hard way; and it is, that the Web is a very dangerous ocean to navigate without a lifeboat.  If you decide to sail without a lifeboat, it is an indisputable fact that sooner or later, you will sink with the ship and drown.  The thousands and thousands of malware software out there will sink your ship faster than the Titanic, and you will suffer the consequences of witnessing the death of your computer’s hard disk.  All your valuable information will be lost forever.  That happened to me at least four or five times.  I still get a headache when I remember when I was hit by a mysterious, but powerful virus that broke my hard disk down.

One day I decided that I would never surf the web again unprotected.  Instead of using free antivirus available on the same Web that was trying to destroy me, I purchased the best software I could find.  It turned out to be Kaspersky Internet Security.  At the end of the day, it was a wise decision.  No malware has torpedoed my system since I installed it three years ago. Every year I have to buy a new license with a price tag of approximately $32.00 which I find reasonably affordable if it protects my information 365 days a year round the clock.

For my laptop I’m usuing Norton Internet Security, because that was the antivirus software recommended by Jacobs, the technician who resuscitated the device from a one-year coma.  So far, Norton has kept the demons at a distance.  This software has a similar cost as that of Kaspersky and must also be renovated every year.  Even though I have a tight budget, I consider it a good investment if I pretend to keep on blogging.

While keeping up with the latest news on technology, I found out yesterday that antivirus provider Kaspersky said it has designed its products to detect all malware, even if it’s sponsored by the National Security Agency or other government entities under programs espoused to target terrorists or other threats.

“We have a very simple and straightforward policy as it relates to the detection of malware: We detect and remediate any malware attack, regardless of its origin or purpose,” officials with the Moscow-based company wrote in a statement issued Wednesday. “There is no such thing as ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ malware for us.”

The officials went on to cite Kaspersky researchers’ track record in helping to uncover Flame and Gauss, two pieces of highly advanced, state-sponsored malware that infected thousands of computers, mostly in Iran and other Middle Eastern countries. The officials also recounted their efforts to detect espionage malware that targets human rights advocates and political dissidents.

We want to detect malware, regardless of its source or purpose,” Hypponen wrote in a blog post. “Politics don’t even enter the discussion, nor should they. Any malware, even targeted, can get out of hand and cause ‘collateral damage’ to machines that aren’t the intended victim. Stuxnet, for example, spread around the world via its USB worm functionality and infected more than 100,000 computers while seeking out its real target, computers operating the Natanz uranium enrichment facility in Iran. In short, it’s our job as an industry to protect computers against malware. That’s it.”

To us, the source of the malware does not come into play when deciding whether to detect malware, CEO Christian Fredrikson wrote in the November 1 letter. If it’s malware, we will protect our customers from it. Our decision-making bols down to a simple question: would our customers want to run this program on their system or not. Obviously the answer for government trojans would be No.

In a nutshell, please install a powerful antivirus software to protect your valuable information.  Choose the best antivirus software your money can buy.  It’s a solid investment, certainly not an expense.  I’ll say it again, “Please, protect yourself against evil malware and install the best antivirus software you can afford.”  Having said that, I wish you the best of luck and Good Day.

Source:  Kaspersky: “We detect and remediate any malware attack,” even by NSA – Ars Technica

One thought on “Avoiding the Landmines of a Dangerous War Zone”

  1. is another interesting cleanup-only tool. It conceals a full-scale Linux-based bootable antivirus behind a user interface based on cartoon-style “minions” that handle tasks like wiping out malware, tuning system performance, and protecting your privacy. Jumpshot had the highest malware-removal score among products tested with my current malware collection, until it got edged out by Bitdefender.

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