Years ago I use to think McAfee was a good Anti-Virus program. Then they got bloated. Now McAfee is becoming chicken little.
You can see the reports regularly. New exploit in this, new trojan here, new zero-day exploit, and on. The world of securing your information and your identity, either individual or corporate, is a complex and never ending battle. Nothing is going to be 100% secure. you know it, I know it and the bad guys know it. Its a matter of mitigation. The smaller area of attack we give the bad guys, the more chance that they will pass us up for an easier target.
It becomes more complex every year. New devices come out, connectivity becomes better, people become more greedy. In fact the more complex things get, the easier it is to break into them with simplicity. You may ask how is that the case. Simply put you just showed how. We tend to gloss over the simple items for the more complex ones, including bugs and holes. That is a discussion to have another time though.
Right now, in the security field, McAfee has been making a lot of headlines lately. From a RAT Report that other companies are calling “shady” to the latest report from them about cars becoming the next hacking target, McAfee keeps getting their name out there. The problems with these reports is their are either obvious or disputed. That McAfee look more like an attention hound than anything else.
This grab for attention comes on the heels of a decade of McAfee putting out worse and worse products. Suites that are so bloated that you machine drags to a crawl during start up. Anti-Malware products that let too much Malware through. Software that is difficult to remove from a system should you prefer to go with one of their competitors. How the mighty have fallen.
Most companies in the consumer security field, especially those that make Anti-Malware software, can run into these same pitfalls as the become more popular. Norton has, although they are slowly turning things around, they still have a long way to go. Kaspersky is doing its best not to fall down that path, but it does seem to be getting more resource intensive. AVG, well they put out a decent product but we are about due for another bad patch that messes machines up. None of them are perfect, but some are better than others, and McAfee has been considered part of the bottom of the heap for a while now.
So McAfee throws up a smokescreen. Instead of improving their product, they try to show that they know more. Sorry but knowledge of what is happening, and the ability to translate that into a decent working product do not have to be equal. In fact, McAfee has shown me that you can have the knowledge without the product. Then again, McAfee lately has been more like Chicken Little. Just remember, the sky isn’t falling, things are just progressing. We as the ones in the field need to keep our wits about us and it will all be fine.