February 7, 2006
Dear CNET members,
These days, an onslaught of viruses, spyware, phishing scams, and pharming attacks wreak havoc on the computing world. It's no wonder that overall user confidence on the Internet is on the decline, according to a recent survey commissioned by IBM. Three out of four surveyed think they're more likely to become victims of a cybercrime, such as identity theft, as opposed to a physical crime, such as a mugging. Whoa! This makes the tough city streets look like a walk in the park compared to an online interaction! While my personal online behavior hasn't changed much, has yours? I am definitely much more careful with the security apps I choose, use, and trust. And speaking of trust, in this cyberworld full of deception, mistrust, and uncertainty, what security vendor do you trust for protection? Will it be one of the services uncovered in Senior Editor Robert Vamosi's latest article, "Whom do you trust?" Software giants Microsoft and Symantec will be offering everything from remote-controlled antivirus protection to hard drive optimization in one neat little package. Will these new services be enough to regain your trust in the Internet? And if Microsoft or Norton aren't your cup of tea, no worries--join us in our TalkBack and tell us which one security vendor you think can guarantee your safety online.
This week's hot topic:
Whom do you trust more: Microsoft or Symantec?
Both Microsoft and Symantec are busy working on new Internet-based security services that will offer everything from virus protection to disk optimization. But which one would you choose to protect your PC?
Got to go with Microsoft
Though he doesn't entirely trust either one, CNET member akmarci would go with Microsoft, due mainly to his experiences with Symantec's customer service.
Read akmarci's full post in CNET TalkBack
None of the above
Many of you opted for neither solution, and CNET member robertk2 agrees. He simply isn't comfortable allowing any company that much control over his machine.
Read robertk2's full post in CNET TalkBack
Another simple fix
CNET member James Farmer also offered up an entirely different option: just use a Mac. He states that Macs deliver a better level of security and performance.
Read James Farmer's post in CNET TalkBack
Which company and service are you more likely to choose to protect your PC: Microsoft or Symantec? Read "Whom do you trust?" then speak up in the TalkBack section.
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