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Will Microsoft kill all security competition?

by scorpion_saga In reply to The Scorpion Nest

<p>After reading some more about <strong><em>'Vista"</em></strong> and all its security features such as <em><strong>"Defender</strong></em>" and "<strong>Onecare"</strong> I cannot help thinking that more and more small cmpanies are being swallowed up my the Microsoft monster. Vista in my humble opinion like all previous Windows is trying to be all things to all people. And I personally wish to support the smaller sotware guys out there. I am very hopeful that most of the third party embeds can be shut off. Anybody feel like this?</p>
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<p><strong><em>Scorpion</em></strong></p>

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Will Microsoft kill all security competition?

by mkleinpaste In reply to Will Microsoft kill all s ...

<p>Personally I think it's a conflict of interest and another typical M$ fleecing of their customers. One Care isn't free, it's going to have a yearly fee, which I personally think the DOJ should seriously look into.  M$ is charging their customers to "protect" the insecurities that <strong><em>they</em></strong> should be fixing in the first place.  Again, with the buying a <strong>new </strong>car/welded hood analogy it's M$ saying, "It's your's, you can't make any beneficial changes, and if you want those brakes to work, well that's extra."</p>
<p>It's no different than when the phone companies were charging you for the service of "keeping telemarketers away" while they were the first ones that innovated selling your phone information to them in the first place.  The sham with this is, "We'll charge you to lock the doors that <strong>WE</strong> (M$) left open in the first place."</p>
<p>Proof of their antipathy towards their customers is their marketing of how "dedicated" they are to security now.  Yeah, now that Firefox is starting to close in for the kill of IE (Firefox broke the 10% mark, which is huge), Linux is getting serious consideration and Apple's OS X (which is Unix based making it an excellent *nix platform, for those not in the know) is starting to miander into the spotlight as well, <strong>NOW</strong> they're dedicated to security.  Well, Lah Dee Dah!  Count me unimpressed in their action and aghast at their audacity.</p>

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Will Microsoft kill all security competition?

by GerhardR In reply to Will Microsoft kill all s ...

<p>We specialize in security analysis and solutions because we have security in our DNA. M$ has a total different DNA print. They are not interested in secure systems. Companies like M$ need the constant threat so people buy their new "improved" software every 2 or 3 years. We tried the different "security" solutions by M$ and our testing results are way below minimum levels. For instance with defender installed performance on all software dropped to a minimum not just the parts involved in the protection by defender. Again M$ is not interested in secure systems as long as they have thousands of mouths to feed.</p>
<p>M$ will not kill the security competition, they will only kill security.</p>
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Learning new things..... The Hard Way !!!

by scorpion_saga In reply to The Scorpion Nest

<p> How nerdish is this? You know when you tear the wrapper off a new hard drive and you get that "New Drive" smell? Actually its the smell of fresh glue and plastic and yummy metals and stuff. Well, I was in my shop many years ago and I got busted by my daughter with a brand new Western Digital Caviar 3.2GB drive pushed into my face. How embarrasing!! Thats how excited I once was about new computer components, as a matter of fact, I was once that enthusiastic about all things "Computer" But, things have changed it takes a lot to get the old Scorpion excited or interested these days. Last sunday morning I awoke to a message on my screen that my Norton Ant virus software subscription was no longer valid. As you can imagine, shock and horror was the immediate response. Oh my God!!! My system has been compromised, blah blah blah. After settling down somewhat, and calmness assured me I was not under attack, I started to get angry. I have never allowed an anti virus subscription to lapse in my life, surely this was a mistake, those muttonheads at Symantec have a lot to answer for!! I After what seemd like hours of painstaking troubshooting (actually about three minits) I came to the conclusion it was an error with my clock that my subscription could not be verified. For my security of course. I learned all about the time servers, the command line switches and how to syncronize my system with 'net time" All on a sunday morning before noon, and up until this point never had any need to have any knowledge whatsoever about this neet little online function in XP. Well, after sending a couple scathing letters to Symantec and Microsoft, and going through the dreaded knowledge base on the Micosoft help sites, and learning all about "Net Time" weather or not I really wnated to. I changed the date on my calender to the correct date (Last Sunday was April the 9th not the 8th that I swore to Symantec tech support was the correct date) And once again, all was well in my office. This whole ridiculas episode, is for better or worse the way I learn some things about my beloved computers and tech support. In 20 years nobody called and said "Oh my God" my anti virus subscription has  run out, what do I do" and I probably never will get that call. But one thing is for certain, I am now an expert at eating crow and setting my computer to the proper date.  </p>
<p>Have a great Easter !!!</p>
<p>Scorpion</p>
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Learning new things..... The Hard Way !!!

by scorpion_saga In reply to Learning new things..... ...

<p>P.S Also, if wake up one day and your CNN pipeline will not connect for some unkown reason, and you know you paid your bill, your computer clock might well be the culprit here as well. Many subscriptions and services use the clock to validate accounts. Sometimes, we forget to look at the simple solutions first.</p>

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