Free as in Rubbish

2006-09-11

Read a very bad article on the BBC website about free security software. Very bad because it suggests that people using free security software, may be using software which doesn’t do the job, failing to stop many attacks or even importing trojans.

All, of course, entirely true, but providing the entirely false impression that software you paid for is going to do any better. Security software is like insurance — you don’t know if it’s any good, until you get in trouble. Actually, it’s even worse with than insurance; when you crash your car, they might actually pay up. With security software, by the time you find that it’s rubbish your machine has been trashed. However are you to purchase wisely, when you have no ability to judge, and where all the "experts" have a stake — they guy slagging off free products works for McAfee.

Originally published on my old blog site.