Security says ‘No’

The events in Ukraine can hardly be missed, they got home when our colleague reminded us his wife came from there and family remained in Odessa. Like many, I hope the what’s occurring there ends very soon so those poor people can stop living in fear and having to flee their homes, if indeed they still exist.

For years I have used a Russian-owned internet security software, Kaspersky Security Cloud. It has always been far better in my opinion than competitors offerings, not laden with bloat just focusing on getting a speedy job done. My licensee renewal came due and with events I felt it was difficult to continue to support them, though recent reports indicated concern days may be shared with the Russian state heightened concerns with their continued use.

Options to swap service providers came down to typical vendors, Norton and McAfee, though I wanted to investigate all options so sought out reviews. Bloat and their impacts upon device speed were common in most reviews, though several recommended BitDefender which I’d never heard of. I decided based upon multiple reviews to give them a go.

I first installed on my Google Pixel 6. It did a scan of my device after installation and I noticed it also informed me whether apps were safe when installing new ones. Not so good is it’s VPN application, I kept having to create exceptions for applications that it wouldn’t allow run through its service. I’ve seen discussion it doesn’t allow https service via VPN, that’s rather poor given this is a major portion of the internet.

This morning I installed on my Surface Pro 8, that proved a mistake. It blocked my camera and microphone which meant it blocked camera-based login, and later in the day when I was supposed to have a Teams meeting with my supervisor I couldn’t as it blocked it.

In the end I have requested of BitDefender a refund on my subscription as it isn’t what I was expecting from it. Such a pity about Kaspersky, though I won’t go back on my decision there.

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