This a very good point and I have been thinking about this point very recently. You can have the "best" security program out there (hypothetically speaking), but if you still don't feel safe/secure, it doesn't matter, even if it's the "perfect" product. I realize it's why we see the multiple real-time programs and the many extensions (I am not arguing the merits or saying you shouldn't do this) on the various security setups out there because the psychology of more = better is very prevalent. It's because people don't feel secure/safe unless they add all these things to their setup.You hit the nail right on the head. It's all about "feeling" safe. The whole goal is to have more comfortable emotions and lessen mental discomfort. One thing I know with absolute certainty is that feelings and psychology will get you infected every time. It's not about security really. It's about people having the need to feel secure and wanting to have that need fulfilled. That's more important than actually being secure.
"I feel insecure... so I will throw 10,000,000 filters and signatures at it. Ah... now I feel safe."
That behavior is driven by emotions (fear) and fearful thinking (paranoia, obsessing).It's because people don't feel secure/safe unless they add all these things to their setup
There is no substitute for knowledge and experience. They are more valuable than any security soft.Knowledge is a very powerful tool, IMO it develops the individual's psychology one way or another.
It is so obvious that group constitutes a minuscule number of people on the forums.Feeling safe can actually be about knowing and trusting the software you have while relying on experience/knowledge to be the true security. Quite simple really.
Most of the people in the world are happy clickers like my wife and I like to believe that percentage is over 70. The "Share me or you will have bad luck" e-mail messages still works like a charm in this day and age. You can try to teach them to learn safe habits, but more often than not it's not going to work. Then it's up-to these software's to help them. Install and forget solutions are the best ones for the general public, anti-exe's are good for only a special few, trust me most people doesn't know how to white-list etc etc. I like to think that I'm a fairly knowledgeable computer user but not a geek and still many around me call me a "techie" which I don't deserve, and I still refuse to use an anti-exe just for the sake of better usability. I remember that the first time I registered here was to ask/look for help after being infected, now I find myself helping others in need.It is so obvious that group constitutes a minuscule number of people on the forums.
Beating to death "What's best AV ?" is not very productive and it adds almost nothing to overall security. In fact, it is a fractious topic that sows discord more than it does anything else.
On top of it all there is the fact that many people don't feel safe no matter what they use. They got issues bro.
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Just the same as YOUFeeling safe can actually be about knowing and trusting the software you have while relying on experience/knowledge to be the true security. Quite simple really. I keep Zemana and MBAM around, but I know something about their strengths and limitations.
Something is better than nothing. Let's not come to an assumption, that anyone who stumbles on this thread is a geek. Again, there is no best here and hopefully it could help newbies to make a decision instead of throwing them a handful of recommendations. Every year there could be some product that shines better than the others, like Kaspersky this year or Avast last year for free AV. That's why an yearly poll could be helpful. Most people don't have the patience to read through 100's of threads, instead they just look at a poll and choose. I work in Consumer Research dept., that's atleast what I can see from the statistics. There's hardly anything we can do to help here.So going through a lot of effort to analyze and pick-and-choose "What is best second-opinion AV ?" is not going to add much to overall security. The difference between one and the other might be, perhaps, 1/100, at best.