Sophos cleans what Kaspersky can’t

I helped a company once switch from Kaspersky to Sophos for several reasons. It was cheaper, worked better, and was easier to manage. In the process of switching to Sophos it found malware on almost 50% of the computers it was installed on. Quite disappointing for Kaspersky.

What was even more disappointing is that Kaspersky was hacked. So it doesn’t give a great feeling when your security provider doesn’t have good security. Of course hacking can happen to any company, but again why would you trust something that has already been compromised?

It is surprising but people seem to trust companies that have been hacked. Banks get hacked all the time, yet people don’t take out their money and find a bank that hasn’t been hacked. To me, if a company doesn’t invest in security then they don’t deserve my business. I don’t do business with companies with a poor security record. For example, DropBox was repeatedly hacked yet many people use it. Why?

I get that people are not IT people, but they hear in the general media that a company has been broken into. To me, not caring about the security of your property means that you shouldn’t have a right to complain when there is a problem. If you keep your money or information with a company with a poor security record like Microsoft, what do you expect? From a security point of view, using a Mac more than pays for itself.

Yes I can hear the security people say that Macs get hacked. Yes it is true. However the vast majority of malware is written for Windows and they know that. It is disingenuous to say that you can get the same level of security using a Windows computer that has been secured as a mac that has been secured. I once was asked in an interview for a job how I would secure a mac. I said that I would put it behind many layered networked forms of protection and hope for the best. He interviewer asked why I wouldn’t configure the mac computer to be more secure. I said that I disagree that configuring the client makes any difference. Turning on the secure lock screen or any of that makes no bit of difference for anyone with an average amount of mac knowledge. If they can touch a computer they can compromise it. The biggest risk comes from the outside of the organization, so you have to take a network approach to minimize that.

I have never worked at a company where the threat of data loss was internal. Companies that focus on internal threats or the interviewer that asked me about that, usually are paranoid and focused on the wrong things. I was offered the job in that interview but I turned it down since I didn’t like the atmosphere of the business. I would have been wasting my time configuring things that wouldn’t have helped anyone. There is far more unsecured network systems like SAN’s or file storage than what is on a single or multiple laptops.

Is Cloud software right for my daily use?

File-syncing and storage service Box gives you plenty of tools to do more with your files than simply make them available. It’s also wonderfully customizable, letting you integrate your Box account with a wide range of apps and services.

Source: Box (Personal) Review & Rating | PCMag.com

I have been helping use box with companies for years and it is really a great option if you want to sync files easily for people. I have used the competition (Google drive, iCloud, Dropbox, ect) and I like Box the best. What I like is that they have a variety of ways to use it, which means that you can really customize it and find the best work style that works for you.

I guess the only real disadvantage is that you have to download programs to get additional functionality, but one day perhaps they will auto install when you log into Box. I don’t mind having to install those programs because they allow people to share Office documents like Word or PowerPoint and not have those applications. No longer do you have to help people installer viewers for those file types if they do not use the software.

There seems to be a trend of companies moving away from buying Office software. I like that companies are thinking more open source and less proprietary. It gives people who don’t have money to buy expensive software a chance to be taken seriously in the world of work. I have had recruiters tell me that if someone doesn’t have a resume in Word, they don’t read it. That seems a little harsh to me. Not everyone can afford an expensive program like Word. To me the quality of their experience should mean more than what format it is in.