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| Free is good: No-cost Panda Software tops AV-Test's rankings of antivirus software |
Sep 30, 2014 - 7:10 AM - by TechSocial |
Antivirus suites are only as good as their latest tests. And in AV-test.org’s latest roundup for July and August, the usual suspects—BitDefender, Kaspersky, McAfee, and Symantec—came out on top. |
The same holds true for the free options. If you’re a cheapskate, you can download Panda Security’s free cloud antivirus and have a good chance that it will catch everything that the shadowy corners of the Web can throw at it—as it did in AV-test’s own proving ground.
But if you think that Microsoft’s own Windows Defender (or Microsoft Security Essentials in Windows 7) antimalware solution will do the job, you’re almost entirely wrong. Microsoft caught less than 80 percent of both the known malware that AV-test.org threw at it, as well as the unknown or so-called zero-day malware that it was tested against. It’s like saying your roof will catch 80 percent of the rain—eventually, there’s going to be a leak.
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| Meet Ello, an ad-free social network that's proudly pro-privacy (but with caveats) |
Sep 26, 2014 - 10:23 PM - by TechSocial |
A new social network is generating buzz for its hard stance against paid advertising and data collection. But how the site really works, when it comes to privacy, is a little more nuanced. |
Ello is open on an invite-only basis, so you’ll need to know someone who’s already in the club to get in straight away. Tens of thousands of people are on the waiting list, according to the site, and only small batches of people are being let in at a time.
The site, which is still in beta, works similarly to Twitter. Users’ posts are public, and may include links to outside sites like YouTube or Soundcloud. There are two feeds: “Friends” for your besties; and a curated “Noise” stream for everything else. You can mention other users by adding the “@” symbol in front of their names, comment on their posts and repost them.
Those features are not remarkable. But Ello’s been generating chatter partly due to its lack of ads and privacy ideals. Unlike Facebook or Google, the site says it will not sell any of its users’ data to third parties. The site hopes to make money by letting users pay for premium features.
“We believe there is a better way. We believe in audacity,” Ello says in its manifesto. “You are not a product,” the company claims.
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