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Anyone Here Still Using 'Kaspersky Antivirus Software' ?
June 20, 2024
6:34 pm
Dean
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This just in from Reuters ➡ https://www.reuters.com/technology/biden-ban-us-sales-kaspersky-software-over-ties-russia-source-says-2024-06-20/

I'm surprised it took them so long !

    Dean

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June 21, 2024
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Dean said
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This just in from Reuters ➡ https://www.reuters.com/technology/biden-ban-us-sales-kaspersky-software-over-ties-russia-source-says-2024-06-20/

I'm surprised it took them so long !

    Dean

  

I always chuckled at the number of people that used anti-virus software from some the most prolific virus spreaders in the world ...

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June 21, 2024
5:28 am
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Most if not all 3rd antivirus software are either bloated or will negatively affect your device's performace, especially if its a few years old model.
For the past 10 years or so, the built in virus protection app (Windows Security) built into Windows are your best defence and least likely to cause unexpected issues. Your best defence is to turn auto Windows update on.

June 21, 2024
5:30 am
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This is not the first time Kaspersky is banned in North America.

In September 2017, the Trump administration banned U.S. federal agencies from using Kaspersky software over fears that the company could be compelled to help Russian intelligence agencies.

Also, we used to be able to buy retail copies of Kaspersky antivirus software from places such as BestBuy Canada, but that ended years ago. You could still find Kaspersky antivirus on BestBuy, but from "Marketplace seller" not affiliated with BestBuy.

June 21, 2024
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Dean said
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This just in from Reuters ➡ https://www.reuters.com/technology/biden-ban-us-sales-kaspersky-software-over-ties-russia-source-says-2024-06-20/

I'm surprised it took them so long !

    Dean

  

Everyone needs to take responsibility for their Computer's security and not wait for your government to tell you. Technology from authoritarian countries should in general be avoided, but especially when in conflict with the West. China routers like TP-Link should be avoided like the plague !

And for the router you do use - make sure it has the latest security holes patched by a firmware update.

If your router is no longer supported - it is at risk!
https://www.pcmag.com/news/us-disinfects-routers-that-china-allegedly-used-for-hacking

June 21, 2024
8:58 am
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So far , it doesn't appear that anyone here needed to be told.

LOL sf-laugh

    Dean

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FWIW . . . I've been using Bitdefender for years now, and swear by it.
It's as close to Bullet Proof as you can get, and it still doesn't effect
the performance on my 6 year old system.

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June 21, 2024
12:36 pm
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Bitdefender is headquartered in București, Șoseaua Orhideelor 15A, Romania

If KGB/FSB has not infiltrated Romanian Bitdefender HQ yet, Russian spies are not worth their salary.

June 21, 2024
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But Alexandre . . .

They're not just in Romania ... Russian spies are Everywhere ❗


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    Dean sf-wink

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June 22, 2024
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Dean said
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But Alexandre . . .

They're not just in Romania ... Russian spies are Everywhere ❗

This is the question of trust. Antivirus software must have full access to computer to protect from threats. As such, it can do anything with your PC.

We don't trust today's Russia to have full access to US/Canadian office and home computers, but do you trust Romania with that?

June 22, 2024
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I would trust Romania more than Canada as far as the Russian spies are concerned. Romania expelled dozens in the last few years. Canada expelled zero. Uniquely, among NATO countries. And thats aside from having spies as MPs. Which might explain why we haven’t expelled Russian spies.

June 22, 2024
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What Mordko said ⬆

Instead of Fretting about little Romania, I'd be much more concerned
about ➡ Our Own Backyard ❗

    Dean

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June 23, 2024
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I've followed this closely for years. In fact, Kaspersky is a stand-up guy who has constantly battled Russian attempts to infiltrate his company and their products, frequently firing people, replacing networks or updating products to quash problems.

Many of his operations are outside Russia and connected countries.

That said, I don't use any of his products anyways. Or any Windows system. Malware is a cat-and-mouse game of constant Othello-like reversals. Nothing sits on my internet-connected Linux computer that can identify me or contain any significant information.

Air-gap yourself.

RetirEd

June 23, 2024
7:34 am
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RetirEd said
I've followed this closely for years. In fact, Kaspersky is a stand-up guy who has constantly battled Russian attempts to infiltrate his company and their products

I am familiar with that topic, too. I have Eugene Kaspersky's printed research paper on computer viruses on my bookshelf, with his personalized autograph "To Alexandre from author."

Having said that, if Russian government decides to cause harm to US computers/networks, that will be the offer he can not refuse.
Everyone in Russia knows what happens to people, even quite rich, who do.

June 23, 2024
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RetirEd said
I've followed this closely for years. In fact, Kaspersky is a stand-up guy who has constantly battled Russian attempts to infiltrate his company and their products, frequently firing people, replacing networks or updating products to quash problems.

Many of his operations are outside Russia and connected countries.

That said, I don't use any of his products anyways. Or any Windows system. Malware is a cat-and-mouse game of constant Othello-like reversals. Nothing sits on my internet-connected Linux computer that can identify me or contain any significant information.

Air-gap yourself.  

Kaspersky went to KGB academy. He worked for the KGB. I never touched that shit. Only marginally better than volunteering for Gestapo. Its possible he was young and changed his views. Then again… And he has a lot of colleagues.

June 23, 2024
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RetirEd said
...Kaspersky is a stand-up guy who has constantly battled Russian attempts to infiltrate his company and their products, ...
 

If the above is true, does anyone need any more reason to stay far, far away from Kaspersky?

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