Google Finds Norton / Symantec Vulnerabilities
Critical Norton / Symantec Security Vulnerabilities
What does this mean to you?
To set the stage for this discussion I worked for Symantec for 3 years in their TimeLine project management division. Initially in Tech Support I transitioned to marketing a liaison between our engineering department and our Fortune 100 / Government clients in the Midwest. When I left Symantec in 1994 I started my first computer consulting company and it became fairly successful. It paid the bills – and a little more. For roughly 10 years we recommended, sold and installed Norton AntiVirus, very simply because it did a great job. Somewhere around 2004-2005 we started getting computers back infected after a few weeks or months of having Norton custom installed and fine-tuned according to our time-tested protocols. This was a very bad scenario. Clearly their approach to virus prevention had failed miserably.
We then set out on a quest for a “better mousetrap”. We evaluated, installed and tested a number of different products and discarded them all for a variety of reasons: Performance, effectiveness, flexibility of configuration or all of the above.
Ultimately we settled on AVG. As of 2016 we have over 3,000 installations with no record of an infection slipping past the shield when it is configured to our standards. Basically, If I install it, you are S.A.F.E.
In today’s issue of Fortune there is a story with the headline:
Google Found Disastrous Symantec and Norton Vulnerabilities That Are ‘As Bad As It Gets’
written by Robert Hackett
Not surprisingly (to me at least) Google’s “project zero” team has unearthed a massive amount of ‘critical’ vulnerabilities in Symantec and Norton security products. This chink in the armor allows hackers to exploit a computer as simply as sending an email with embedded malicious code. The victim doesn’t even have to ‘see’ the email, let alone open it to release the malignant payload.
Contact me if you would like real, effective protection for your computer(s).