Hey guys! Here to give you my unfiltered Kaspersky antivirus software review today. I have used it some on the business front and have a little experience with it. As for my personal computer, I have never really tried it, I prefer Norton. The government published an article that I read today denouncing Kaspersky and they are dumping their service. This is big news because this is going to cost the government tons of money to replace Kaspersky on every single computer they have and in 90 days. I would definitely look into this article and be sure to think long and hard about Kaspersky if you still use it. I have posted the link from the Department of Homeland Security below(DHS) and hopefully, you will review it and this will help you make decisions on your antivirus in the future.
How the Government Works
With my 6 years of experience as an IT Specialist with the government and then working with the Federal system, I have seen a lot of stuff. One of those things is not changing AV in 90 days. Kaspersky must have really dropped the ball here. All I can say is run. The government is tighter than a man who counts his hands after a handshake. The fact that they are going to drop all of this money to swap that quickly is astounding. I cannot believe that they are saying Kaspersky is spying on them for Russia. This article will hopefully give you some clarity on your decision and help you choose a good antivirus for you.
Why is the Government Dumping Kaspersky?
The government is dumping Kaspersky because it has been compromised. They are accusing them of collaborating with Russian spies and I am sure there is way more to the story. The government would not just up and drop an AV that will cost tons of money to replace in a short amount of time. They definitely have a good reason beyond what they tell us in their article. I have worked for the government for 6 years as an IT Specialist and they honestly are pretty secure. Mostly because they require a CAC card to even print a piece of paper. Eventually, they will require CACs to be able to go to the bathroom. They are super secure because no one has access to anything. The fact that they are moving away from Kaspersky and calling them out should definitely be alarming to you.
What do I do for My Home Computer AV?
I would say if you have Kaspersky immediately trash it. Uninstall it and do not look back. I suggest an antivirus, like Norton or something, with Malwarebytes, and CCleaner. I say this because I have ran these 3 things for years and never had any problems. This is only a problem if you are planning on selling AK47s on the black market, which I hope you do not do in your spare time. You need to keep your information safe online, as software can only go so far and Norton is the top rated, best selling AV on the market.
You are browsing safely on a private network when you are at home and are protected to a degree by your internet service provider(ISP). When you are browsing sites, you do need to be careful because that is where majority of problems stem from.
What do I do for My Business AV?
I would say just suck it up and drop Kaspersky. Maybe find something free or something temporarily. The credibility of Kaspersky has dropped tremendously after this exploit. Having a bad review from the DHS….that is all I have to say. The DHS is giving them a chance to write a comeback report that will probably fail unless they have every great scholar that ever lived in one room.
Kaspersky is pretty much done now and I would suggest you try to move on to something on a mass scale. Webroot is a pretty great AV for businesses. I understand that you may have spent money on this AV but it is not trustworthy and who knows what they are monitoring and if they really are spying on people and sending it to Russia. If you want to keep Kaspersky more power to you, that is completely your decision. I just want you guys to be aware so you can be prepared.
My Kaspersky Antivirus Software Review, Run Away
If you cannot tell by now, I do not recommend Kaspersky. I would suggest Norton as being the one I have user for years and one that is reliable to me. I think it is a security flaw and keeping that on your machines is not a great idea. You need to be careful with your personal data and who knows what the DHS found out about what Kaspersky is doing. Please take the things I say into consideration when I stress the importance of finding an alternative. The government doesn’t just throw our money around like t…I mean the government doesn’t just make decisions like this every single day. This is definitely something they have evidence from the bold claims the government states in their report.
The government is simple. They pay to the lowest bidder as I always heard in the Army. Since the government is changing AVs out of the blue, so follow suit. They are doing this because they have potential ties with Russia, which will be covered in the link below. This is my watered down version.
For your home AV, just go with free. Be free and do not surf bad sites and you should be okay. Paying for AV is ridiculous at home. For your business, you will want to take that more seriously since you are responsible for hundreds of user’s searching habits and who knows what people search anymore. Thank you for reading.