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Worldwide security software revenues rose 3.7 per cent to reach $22.1bn in 2015, according to analyst Gartner. Security information and event management (SIEM) remained the fastest-growing sub segment of the cybersecurity biz last year, experiencing 15.8 per cent growth. By contrast, consumer security software recorded a 5.9 …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Enterprise are going free now anyway...

    ... with the likes of Sophos releasing 'Sophos Home' where it's the same AV motor as the Enterprise version on as many devices in your home as you like for FREE... I don't see how the cost-per-device model of Symantec and Bitdefender is sustainable - in the consumer space at least.

    1. Captain Scarlet Silver badge

      Re: Enterprise are going free now anyway...

      I'm always suspicious of free AV, they always end up trying to sign up people to yearly plans which just gets on my nerves.

      1. Dr.Flay

        Re: Enterprise are going free now anyway...

        Hardly unusual behaviour for any free version of anything.

        WinRAR keeps bugging me to upgrade, so does Trillian. I chose to ignore it, and I don't feel it affects my trust in them.

        Many free AV are lacking features useful to all, so are more likely to make you feel the need to upgrade.

        Start with a free AV that has a clear upgrade option without hidden extras, and you know when the time comes if you need to upgrade.

        1. Captain Scarlet Silver badge

          Re: Enterprise are going free now anyway...

          I should have said suspicious of motives, obviously some no name free av's can do more harm than good. Obviously with AVG, Avast their model works by converting people to paying customers.

        2. DryBones

          Re: Enterprise are going free now anyway...

          Might try 7zip, I heard they beat WinRAR for compression and I think are freeware?

          As for Trillian, I've used them for yonks, and given their aggregation and syncing between computer, webpage, and mobile app versions I do believe they're worth tossing some money at. I went for lifetime ($60 one time) back when they started asking, think it's still very good value for being used lots every day with no ads (versus the services it links with). Call it supporting a cause.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Symantec's Norton Anti-Virus...

    About as convenient as having a bloat of hippos living in your kitchen.

    Uninstalling NAV, and cleaning up the mess left by NRT, is actually life-changing. One can start a new hobby with all the free time.

  3. Dr.Flay

    Good, they don't deserve to be where they are.

    Hopefully it means more people are listening to trusted tech-support when they scream at them for using shoddy AV, just because it was pre-installed.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Snake Oil

    I'm always advising my non tech friends and relatives that AV is not required for Windows. Keep the system up to date, run Windows Defender (WD), periodically run Malwarebytes (free), ESET (free), and schedule WD to update a few times daily. That is all that is usually required.

    AV is just snake oil,its vendors are preying on non-tech suckers, its an absolute con that that causes many more issues than it solves. I know, I have tested many out of interest. Kaspersky is the best of a bad lot,Norton, McAfee, Vipre and Bitdefender are the worst in my experience.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Snake Oil

      You're kidding, right?

      I'd hate to be one of your 'non tech finds and relatives', the poor sods.

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