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Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Cloud Antivirus - Yay or nay?

Panda have never been very good when it came to non-bloat and moreso when it came to having good detections. Now however, Panda are offering a beta of their "Cloud Antivirus", could this spell an end to the bloat, and finally a major upgrade to their detection rate? Time will tell.

Here's my first bit of feedback after visiting the website they've dedicated to it though - GET RID OF THE DAMN JAVASCRIPT REQUIREMENT!. Contrary to popular belief, some of us prefer to have this disabled, and a security company should be advocating keeping it disabled, instead of making the site utterly useless until it is enabled (not even the feedback option works!).

Server based antivirus is actually nothing new, contrary to their claims - most corporate networks already have something similar, which consists of a server that hosts the bulk of the antivirus, and the client, which simply have a client that checks the server for updates, configuration settings and what not. However, aslong as they drastically improve their detection rates, this could actually be something useful, again - time will tell.

In the meantime, if you like beta testing, then give it a run and let us know how it does.



Kudos to Donna at Calendar of Updates, for the heads up :o)


Oh how I must laugh - thin client? the download is 18MB! (and that's just the installer!)

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