Intel Wants To Be Your One And Only Protector Against Viruses

I haven’t used a paid for virus protector for about 5 years. There was a time I put my trust in Norton, but their products started to cost an arm and a leg, for those of us who had 5 computers in our home. I used only McAfee once, a long time ago, when it came installed on a system I had purchased with a one year license. It was OK, but I never got used of the GUI, which I felt was inferior to Norton, at that time.

So when Intel bought McAfee for well over a billion big ones, I though to myself, why? No we have learned the answer to that question at a meeting that was held by the boss of Intel, Paul Otellini. We are all aware that anti-virus programs block bad code. Intel wants to change the game and allow only good code in.

In a recent article it states that:

Otellini went on to briefly describe the shift in a way that sounded innocuous enough–current A/V efforts focus on building up a library of known threats against which they protect a user, but Intel would love to move to a world where only code from known and trusted parties runs on x86 systems. It sounds sensible enough, so what could be objectionable about that?

Depending how enamored you are of Apple’s App Store model, where only Apple-approved code gets to run on your iPhone, you may or may not be happy in Intel’s planned utopia. Because, in a nutshell, the App Store model is more or less what Intel is describing. Regardless of what you think of the idea, its success would have at least two unmitigated upsides: 1) everyone will get vPro by default (i.e., it seems hard to imagine that Intel will still charge for security as an added feature), and 2) it would put every security company (except McAfee, of course), out of business. (The second one is of course a downside for security vendors, but it’s an upside for users who despise intrusive A/V software.)

That is the rub. Would you trust Intel to protect your machine whether it be a PC, smart phone or other device?  Would you only want to see one player in the security field, that being Intel?

Let me know what you think.

Source – ars technica

Symantec Lists 10 Cities Most At Risk To Cybercrime

Symantec has listed a listing of the top 10 cities in the U.S. that are most at risk to cybercrime. According to a Symantec press release in .pdf format below, the compnay obtained data from an independent research firm Sperling’s BestPlaces to assemble the top 10. Here is a highlight of what the report states:

The following are ranked the Norton Top 10 Riskiest Online Cities:
1.) Seattle
2.) Boston
3.) Washington, D.C.
4.) San Francisco
5.) Raleigh, N.C.
6.) Atlanta
7.) Minneapolis
8.) Denver
9.) Austin, Texas
10.) Portland, Ore.

The rankings were determined through a combination of Symantec Security Response’s data on cyberattacks and potential malware infections, as well as third-party data about online behavior, such as accessing wifi hotspots and online shopping.

At the top of the rankings, Seattle claims the dubious distinction of America’s leading riskiest cybercrime city, placing near the top in categories such as cyberattacks and potential infections; online behavior that can expose people more to cybercrime, such as online shopping and banking online; and wireless Internet access.

Boston and Washington, D.C. follow in second and third place. Both cities experience a very high level of cybercrime, perhaps due in part to their large number of WiFi hotpots.

High-tech hubs San Francisco and Raleigh are ranked fourth and fifth. San Francisco tops the list for riskiest online behavior and highest number of WiFi hotspots per capita. Many of these cities are considered some of the most tech-savvy cities in the nation, proving that even skilled and experienced Internet users are at risk when it comes to cybercrime and online insecurity.

Rounding out the top 10 are Atlanta, Minneapolis, Denver, Austin and Portland. According to the Norton research, Atlanta residents experience the most cyberattacks and potential infections. Minneapolis and Portland are near the top for risky online behavior, while Denver and Austin score high across the board

These are interesting facts if the methodology of collecting the information holds true. But does this mean that if you live outside of these areas you are less likely to become a victim? I am not sure that this would be the case. It would seem to me that any of us could be a victim of cybercrime no matter where we live. If you read the entire report it seems that only the largest U.S. cities were analyzed.

What do you think?

Symantec press release in .pdf format

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If You Love Norton Anti-Virus You Are Going To Love This Deal!

Over at Buy.com they have what appears to be a deal on Symantec’s Norton AntiVirus 2010 software. The single licensed version is only $15.99 and includes free shipping. The software also includes anti spyware software as well.

Here are the system requirements:

Microsoft® Windows® XP (32-bit) with Service Pack 2 or later Home/Professional/Media Center

Microsoft Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit) Starter/Home Basic/Home Premium/Business/Ultimate

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Minimum Hardware Requirements

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