Microsoft’s new free anti-virus

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is the brand’s new free anti-virus product. Trial version of the product has already been launched in US, Brazil, China and Israel. 2009 seems to be Microsoft’s year of relaunches with improvements. Bing was launched earlier as an effective search engine to answer Google’s mesmerising popularity after Microsoft’s previous version Live Search failed to create any ripples in the search engine market. Now its the turn of MSE which is being called an essential security solution. Windows Live One Care, the previous security package, failed to attract much fan following and accordingly met its end. But the real question is how essential is the MSE? Competing security application manufacturers have already suggested that the MSE is of course no match to their paid security packages. Some others are concerned that Microsoft’s global recognition and popularity with computer users may well end up making the users perceive the MSE as a total answer to cyber security worries. Read the BBC News Report .

What needs to be identified is that Microsoft’s free anti-virus is probably just a solution for those users who prefer not to spend any money on security thus exposing their computers to innumerable attacks. The free anti-virus perhaps will encourage a larger number of users to opt for MSE thereby reducing the risks compared to previously when the users had absolutely no security applications. Despite news and awareness about cyber crimes, hacking and intrusion attempts, it is alarming as to how many cyber users still venture out into the cyberspace without even installing a basic anti-virus package on their machines.

As far as MSE is concerned, the final verdict is yet to come in…

As far as cyber security is concerned, it is still preferable to opt for a complete updated security suite from one of the most reputed and recognised brands with a minimum of built in anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-spam modules.


Governments must have Cyber Security Strategy

Cyber crimes including hacking and denial of service attacks, phishing, virus and worm influx are not only threats against individuals (i.e. consumers) but a number of these threats are increasingly being targeted at governments. With information being stored largely on online repositories, hackers (not just individuals but often large organized criminal groups) are aiming to infiltrate government websites and networks to steal or tamper with crucial data. And it is imperative that nations with major Internet population and broadband usage should look at a planned and effective strategy to counter the rising number of threats. Cyber warfare is becoming rather rampant and it is mandatory for nations to consider a cyber security strategy as an integral part of their arsenal to defend as well as respond to outside cyber threats. Specialised government funded cyber labs with state of the art technology to track, trace and crack resourced by talented individuals is now a major necessity.

The BBC News Reportstates that UK has already launched a cyber security strategy to counter such cyber attacks. The strategic units are aimed at ensuring that the government is better prepared to defend and combat such attacks.