We have a lot of campaigns learning users protection of their data. Particular emphasis is placed on the use of anti-virus systems on personal computers. In companies, this is almost mandatory. We have special monitoring systems and virtual private networks that do not allow you to log employee with a PC without antivirus system running in the background.
Small businesses companies are less restrictive, but in large corporate IT security is critical. Employees can still take the company laptop to home, or connect it to the hotel’s Wi-Fi network during a business trip. In such scenarios, an antivirus program installed on your computer is the last and the only line of defence.
The more may be surprising a blog note, which appeared some time ago in the network.
Entry belongs to former Mozilla engineer, Robert O’Callahan. A former employee of Mozilla advises against the use of anti-virus systems. The more I read this note, the more I was surprised. The truth is that antivirus systems are getting weaker level and generate a lot of false alarms. Sometimes they more harm than help. O’Callahan did something else. He advises against the use of anti-virus systems, but one legitimate, which is supposed to be Windows Defender. I have read the note press a few times because I could not believe it. The most interesting is that the guy has quite logical arguments to support his thesis.
It turns out that the antivirus mechanisms do not cooperate with Web browsers, which causes a conflict on the security line.
I have to admit that several times I have faced similar issues. O’Callahan drew attention to the fact that many times it happened that the antivirus software was blocking updates for browsers. This is very interesting that the only anti-virus package, which complies with any rules, is surprisingly Microsoft Windows Defender. This is little hard for me to believe, but the rest of the argument is the most on the spot. The note sparked a huge debate in the IT world. Justin Schuh from Google Chrome and Dr. Vesselin – safety engineer – joined to the conversation. Oddly, only few people criticized O’Callahan’s entry. It seems that security professionals are beginning to doubt the wisdom of using anti-virus tools. I must admit that the number of false alarms speaks for itself. We should also remember that normal users are in a little different situation than security engineers.
All the gentlemen who joined the discussion look at the issue from the position of developers and people in the industry.
Interest of the user is completely different. Everyone must determine whether they need a guardian in advance, whether he knows how to walk on the network, not to get infected. There are users who believe in themselves and know how to navigate the Web. There are those who are without protection can cause a not inconsiderable problems. I know many people who just due to lack of subordination, and even stupidity, lost a huge amount of data. It’s hard to imagine, but such situations abound on the Web. Lost passwords for Facebook to everyday life, as well as encrypting drives and deleted partitions. I met with this so many times I stopped counting. There’s nothing you can not handle that very frivolously users approach to security. Sometimes, even briefly. Sometimes I wondered whether it is ignorance or just stupidity. The attacks, which to us seem trivial, they can really cause a lot of problems. The sad thing is that even children can make a small break.