My recommended security product just got more expensive – makes you WannaCry (:


For the last 3 years or so, Kaspersky has been the recommended security product for PC’s and laptops.  I make a point of reading the annual PC Pro Security product labs very closely.  It’s somewhat worrying to note that the big high street retailers (the ones, supposedly with “Knowhow”) consistently recommend and preload the product that comes consistently last in the labs tests (Yes McAfee – that’s you).

Very recently, we’ve had the most serious cyberattack ever (WannaCry) hitting many networks, most notably our NHS.  I’ve always managed to source Kaspersky for my customers around about the £5 per seat figure, by buying from smaller suppliers, although I do make a point of getting something physical in the post, as opposed to the people who just send you activation codes – seems a little too close to piracy if you ask me.

But recently, I’ve had orders cancelled because suppliers can’t get stock anymore.  Looks like the supply chain is being reduced, to maximise the price.  Call me cynical, but it seems too much of a coincidence to me.

Watch this space – it will be interesting to see who wins the next security labs – usually featured in the autumn, as the products labelled “2018” come on stream.

Kaspersky is developed in Russia.  Just saying 😉  The product that _almost_ matches it for performance and malware detection is BitDefender – developed in Romania.

I’ve never used Bitdefender, but maybe it’s time to give it a try …

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