And maybe not Finland (unless Nokia also moves to Switzerland):get a program from a small country like Finland
Well, to be fair, at least here in the States I don't know of a single IT professional who is pushing for Dr. Web. The "problem" is Kaspersky is easily one of the best performing AV products over a 20yr+ history. As a result, people really want to choose it for technical merits in the first place.I talked to Kaspersky France about this via Facebook.
They clarified that no data is sent to Russia (even the activation of licenses), and that the KSN servers are spread over several countries (like Germany etc).
However, something that amuses me a bit... Why target only Kaspersky and not its compatriot Dr.Web which is also Russian?
You can't compare a country run for the corporations for a country run for the president, same applies to @harlan4096 argument, you can't compare both of those to a country run for the people.Well, to be fair, at least here in the States I don't know of a single IT professional who is pushing for Dr. Web. The "problem" is Kaspersky is easily one of the best performing AV products over a 20yr+ history. As a result, people really want to choose it for technical merits in the first place.
Speaking as someone from the USA who has been on the receiving side of USA government coercion, even in a (laugh now) "free country" it can be extremely extremely hard to resist government coercion. That's more of my hypothetical concern with Kaspersky and Eugene's history. If Russia really wanted to gain an advantage using Kaspersky software, are we really claiming there are zero ways for Russia to compel someone to target a non-Russian Kaspersky customer?
I've worked at a few very large USA companies and I cannot honestly tell you that. I've been in federal court before over issues like this and it's not pretty. And I still believe from a court standpoint the rules in the USA are a lot more fair than what a private or corporate entity would have in Russia.
(And BTW it's not just Kaspersky being targeted. I'm already seeing many other popular software being rejected in purchase orders because legal teams are concerned they are Russian. The financial sanctions being imposed against Russia are very wide reaching and unforgiving. That is my biggest concern with choosing a Kaspersky product at the moment)