Norton anti-virus and internet security software ranked top by PassMark Software
Norton anti-virus and internet security software was ranked top by PassMark® Software in their objective performance testing on Internet Security and Anti-Virus software from various vendors between July 2009 and January 2010.
Testing did not include measuring the effectiveness of threat detection. Why is performance of your antivirus something to think of? Performance is important because you don’t want antivirus to adversely affect your other computer activities in terms of speed. If antivirus uses a substantial part of precious computer resources, your computer becomes limited in processing power.
In their test PassMark focused on measuring how responsive the applications are and how extensively the antivirus applications utilize the resources of the computer. The test was performed on 28 products in 4 categories using the following performance metrics:
* Boot Time;
* Scan Time;
* Scan Time of a Solid State Drive (SSD);
* User Interface Launch Time;
* Memory Usage during System Idle;
* Browse Time;
* Internet Explorer Launch Time;
* Installation Size;
* Installation Time;
* Registry Key Count;
* File Copy, Move and Delete;
* Installation of Third Party Applications;
* Network Throughput (previously named “Binary Download Test”)
* File Format Conversion;
* File Compression and Decompression; and
* File Write, Open and Close.
In terms of performance Norton Internet Security 2010, Norton Anti-Virus 2010, and Norton 360 v4 (Total Security Software) scored the highest. In the Free Anti-Virus category, the top performer is Avira AntiVir Free Anti-Virus 9.0. To see how your Anti-Virus or Internet Security Software scored on the test, check out PassMark Software’s latest report.
antivitus-performance-testAlthough the report does not say anything about the ability of these Internet Security and Anti-Virus solutions to detect and stop threats, generally the faster the speed, the poorer the effectiveness of threat detection as there is a tradeoff between performance and effectiveness of threat detection.
Even the best antivirus or internet security software only protects data on your computer. But why allow viruses, malware or id fraudsters to get that far? By routing all your traffic through a VPN, you can have it scanned for all types of online threats before it reaches your home. Good VPN services today offer firewalls at their servers, many threats are blocked there and since IP addresses are assigned, malware could not specifically target known IP addresses. Further if a VPN service also provides Antivirus as well as VPN, the risk drops appreciably, particularly if the antivirus utilized at the server is different than that at the users’ machine as each Antivirus utilizes different generic techniques for dealing with new threats.
It appears that a properly encrypted VPN provides complete protection against online data threats. If the VPN’s service provides real 128 bit or 256 bit encryption, the data is effectively off limits to third parties trying to scan, sniff or steal data packets. For data that is not on the machine but traveling across routers, this appears to be the only effective protection.
Add Firewalls and Antivirus at the VPN server and the overall threat profile drops dramatically.
* Testing was performed on a dual core Windows Vista machine. Testing did not include measuring the effectiveness of threat detection.