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Windows 7: What Does Your Security Suite Know About You?


03 May 2014   #1

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What Does Your Security Suite Know About You?

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You installed that security suite to protect your computer, and your privacy, but just what is it reporting to its maker? Could your suite itself be a security risk? A pair of German computer magazines commissioned AV-Comparatives to find out. Their results are now publicly available, and the report makes interesting reading.

Data Sources

To start, the researchers loaded 21 popular security suites onto test PCs and analyzed their network traffic, looking at just what data was sent. The report notes that "in some cases" the data was encrypted, so they couldn't read it. That's as it should be, but it implies that in other cases the data was not encrypted. Alas, the report doesn't identify which those were.

They also perused the End User License Agreement (EULA) and privacy policy supplied with each product. These documents should spell out exactly what data the program may send back to its maker.

As a final step, they sent a detailed questionnaire to each vendor, though they gave the other two data sources more weight than the results of the questionnaire. The report notes that in some cases the vendors didn't answer particular questions, for various reasons. "We understand that too much transparency might be useful for criminals," noted the report. "We thus accept that vendors cannot provide us with any information that could compromise security."
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03 May 2014   #2

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I have no doubt that some if not all security programs call home with information but what can we do about it. Nothing that I know about.
If you want to use their security programs that is the game you have to play.
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03 May 2014   #3

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If you are trusting them with your security, then you are already all in

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03 May 2014   #4

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
If you are trusting them with your security, then you are already all in

A Guy
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03 May 2014   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

Very interesting. Thank you.
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03 May 2014   #6

Windows 7 Home Prem x64 SP1, XP SP3
 
 

It knows I lie a lot...

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03 May 2014   #7
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Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
I have no doubt that some if not all security programs call home with information but what can we do about it. Nothing that I know about.
If you want to use their security programs that is the game you have to play.
Yeah, no choice!!!
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03 May 2014   #8

Win-7 Home Prem 64-bit 7601 Free SP1
 
 

Yep all these free and paid for utilities know too much
Another reason why MSE is nice Microsoft already knows too much so a little more +- ?
Security is Google on steroids
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03 May 2014   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Urthboundmisfit View Post
It knows I lie a lot...

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Registered Organization: Vandalay Inds
Computer Name: ImHenryVIII
Computer Description: ItsBluePlastic
Second User Name: The Widow Next Door

I don't use a security suite but many programs "call home" so all you can do is disable it where you are given the option to do so. It comes down to the old question "who's policing the police?" We do, when and where we can.
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