How “safe” is your data with Kaspersky?

Print If the expected resumption of the Cold-War happens, should you really be using anti-virus products?

UK-incorporated Kaspersky Lab, for example, is a major and well-established player in the antivirus/antimalware space.

It maintains its international headquarters, and has substantial research and development capabilities, in Russia.

It’s also thought that Eugene Kaspersky, the company’s founder, has strong personal ties to the Putin-controlled government.

Kaspersky has repeatedly denied these allegations but questions about the man and his company remain and will be a subject of further scrutiny, particulary as US-Russia tensions escalate.

We are not trying promote a reds-under-the-bed scaremonger tactic but if you really want your data to remain safe…consider your anti-spam partner carefully.


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9 comments to “How “safe” is your data with Kaspersky?”

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  1. Ken - February 27, 2015 Reply

    You need to update yourself. It’s been widely reported in mainstream media that the NSA and DARPA in the US are actively requiring the ‘dumbing down’ of all future encryption software available to business and the public to enable their access to everyone’s information in future.

    • IT Guy - March 4, 2015 Reply

      As we all know thanks to Mr. Snowden, the NSA (The USA Government) already know just about everything there is to know about us ….but do we really want the Russian’s knowing the same???

  2. daffi - July 3, 2015 Reply

    I’ve been using AVG anti-virus and internet security for years – and paying top dollar. Recently I began getting a “grey box” alert when I used IE and email, and finally had to get a PC expert in to sort out the problem when I could no longer receive or send emails. They sorted it out, but when they ran a scan-test with HitManPro my PC was discovered to be infected by a very nasty Trojan that had become embedded in my operating system. Further Pro scans using 7 other pgms and Kaspersky discovered 5 more Trojans and a host of other nasties – a total of 17 bugs, NONE OF WHICH HAD BEEN DISCOVERED BY AVG.

    In addition, I got the guys to scan my 2 USB sticks, both of which were “clean” according to AVG. But both proved to have Trojans embedded in them! They have now been removed by Kaspersky.

    I have therefore given AVG the boot, and have moved to Kaspersky for my total security.

    If a Cold War breaks out between Russia and the rest of the world, my few emails and tiny on-line researching is not going to make one hoot of difference – but at least I now have a FAR, FAR BETTER PROTECTION than I ever did with AVG.

    • admin - July 3, 2015 Reply

      There is really not much difference between major Anti Virus programs. None of them can guarantee 100% virus protection. The problem is…no matter what anti virus you are using, if you install a program by mistake and override the warnings given by the Anti virus program, the Malware will be installed and your anti virus will no longer detect it because it has been installed in such a way and trusted by you. If you suspect that you have such a virus, the only way to detect and get rid of them is by using a “Rescue Disk” … we use the “AVG Rescue disk” also another by “Avira” and I believe Kaspersky have one also and that is probably what your IT expert used to find those Trojan’s. You need to “boot” your computer to one of these rescue programs on a DVD or a USB. They then scan before Windows starts (usually using a form of Linux OS..such as Ubuntu). Once clean, remove the boot-disk, start windows as normal, go to Control panel, uninstall programs and remove any program you are not familiar with and is not from a recognised company. Follow the tips here ….

  3. K Mayo - May 1, 2016 Reply

    Facebook is now locking out users from their accounts claiming their device is “infected with malware” and leaves you zero choice but to download Kaspersky Anti Malware in order to regain access to your Facebook Account. Im kind of a tech nerd, and I know for certain that there is zero malware, nor viruses lurking in my laptop…..however I am currently locked out of facebook…..My question is, If you install Kaspersky, how do you uninstall it from your device? It does not show up under INSTALLED PROGRAMS anywhere on any device that it is installed on, if you install it because Facebook forced it on you…..Id love you folks opinion, and feedback on this. Thanks.

  4. Fred - December 27, 2016 Reply

    HaHa ! – and AVG comes from the Eastern Block States[1992 in Czechoslovakia] – – [f.i.:Adolfs Henchman where worse then himself] so ,I do not trust any [but at least Kaspersky did help me several Times to get the Computer going again – the All pinch Infos from our Computers ! that is how the make Money [and take Control]
    so ! has AVG a Rescue Disk which works, as Kaspersky !??

    • John Kirkby - December 28, 2016 Reply

      Yes…AVG has a rescue disc you can download and burn to a CD or memory stick. There is also one from Avira that we use and as you may or may not know…. AVIRA and AVG have now merged and we expect their products to merge at some stage also.

  5. John Kirkby - July 3, 2017 Reply

    MOSCOW (AP) — The chief executive of Russia’s Kaspersky Lab says he’s ready to have his company’s source code examined by U.S. government officials to help dispel long-lingering suspicions about his company’s ties to the Kremlin.

    In an interview with The Associated Press at his Moscow headquarters, Eugene Kaspersky said Saturday that he’s also ready to move part of his research work to the U.S. to help counter rumors that he said were first started more than two decades ago out of professional jealousy.

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