Do you need local antivirus?

We have posted on this blog before that you should not be paying for local antivirus if you are using Kibosh to protect your network. You don’t need to. Because in addition to our propriatary pronogrpahy filtering, Kibosh delivers Enteprise grade Malware, Phishing, Torrent and illegal proxy blocking.

Having worked as Network Engineer for over 20 years, I believe that the only way to really protect your devices these days is with a service like Kibosh,or OpenDNS which blocks access to the bad stuff before you access it. Local antivirus starts working after you’ve accessed the bad stuff. And don’t get me started about the useless ‘web filter’ option these antivirus companies have started offering. I’ve yet to see one that blocked any bad content, but they do proxy all of your data, including HTTPS, through their servers. I’m surprised there hasn’t been a lawsuit yet.

Also, why are many antivirus suites free? How can anyone build a successful business giving away free antivirus, or anything else for that matter? I’m not sure, but i don’t think it can be done. So, they are making money somehow. Maybe selling information about you like AVG does?

An antivirus app has complete access to your operating system – deep level kernal access, and if this antivirus app is compromised in any way your basically toast. How would you ever know? You wouldn’t unless you detected some odd behaviors on your computer.

Anyway, the world is catching on to the downside of using local antivirus:

If you are running Windows use Security Essentials (XP, 7) or Windows Defender (8, 10, +). If your running Linux or OSX you probably don’t need local antivirus.

Bottom line, with Kibosh on the job you don’t need to pay for an antivirus product.

Be wise. Be safe.

Scott

 

What constitutes a quality Internet content filtering solution?

When we shop for a Parental Control solution what should we be looking for? There are many companies selling some form of Parental Controls, and they all do it differently; some are software only, some are hardware only, some are a combination of the two. The plethora of solutions should give you an idea of how difficult it is to pull this off, and by ‘this’ I mean block Internet pornography.

From the end user, or Parent’s perspective we don’t really care how it’s done as long as it meets the following criteria:

  1. Blocks pornography (web, image and video)
  2. Does not inconvenience
  3. Does not slow down our Internet
  4. Is easy to setup
  5. Does not require baby-sitting, or persistent maintenance
  6. Gives some sort of insight into what’s going on, i.e. activity logs

Today we are going to focus on #1, because the rest are peripheral ‘nice to haves’ that only matter if #1 works, and this is the hard part anyway.

So when a company says they have a ‘comprehensive’ web filter, what does that mean? It’s actually pretty easy to ascertain for yourself. Go to Bing.com, or Google.com and search for any term, and you will get 3 – 6 tabs of Internet content matching your query.

 

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The tabs that contain Internet content are Web, Image and Video. These are the ones that would return pornography if it is searched for.

Any Parental Control, or Web Filtering, or Internet Content Filtering solution you choose should at the very least protect these three categories of content.

Today the most effective way to protect Image and Video content is by enforcing SafeSearch. There are other ways, but they are currently too technically difficult to pull off without major inconvenience, and cost to end user.

Let’s use OpenDNS as an example. They have 50 million users and market themselves as a Parental Control solution. With OpenDNS Family Shield enabled, using Bing / Google you can search for a bad term. That’s the first problem. With Kibosh you can’t even search for a bad term, but back to OpenDNS, post pornography search, we then click on a link under the Web category. Here is where OpenDNS shines, and any websites listed here will be blocked. Great. However, I then click on the Images tab, and viola I have access to the insanity of Internet pornography. Same with the Video link. Not good.

If hardcore Internet pornography is so easily accessed do you really have a ‘comprehensive’ Parental Control solution? Does it matter if you can see daily log reports, or monitor if the device is online, etc. if the actual blocking of pornography doesn’t work?

Therefor the first thing we should look forĀ in a parental control solution is does it filter Web, Image and Video content. Everything else is secondary.

Kibosh customers have the best parental control / web filtering solution on the market today. It’s easy to turn on, requires no ongoing maintenance, is very affordable, and filters Web, Image and Video content.

Team Kibosh