May 16 2009

FAQ: Why do we constantly update antivirus products, yet only occasionally update anti-hacking products?

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Antivirus products detect a virus by its signature whereas anti-hacking products detect an attack by its type.

Way back ca.1991, antivirus firms began selling hybrid technologies to detect virus attacks just like anti-hacking products detect hacking attacks … only to discover the customers themselves refused to buy it. They demanded signature-based detection and nothing else. Antivirus firms later perfected the “addictive update model” to keep cash-cow antivirus users hooked on daily updates.

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