The Russian Company That Is a Danger to Our Security

Discussion in 'Kaspersky' started by venustus, Sep 5, 2017.


Do you trust Kaspersky Lab?

Poll closed Oct 8, 2017.
  1. Yes

    78 vote(s)
  2. No

    21 vote(s)
  1. venustus

    venustus Level 43
    Content Creator Trusted

    Dec 30, 2012
    Windows 10
    #1 venustus, Sep 5, 2017
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 5, 2017
    Source: Opinion | The Russian Company That Is a Danger to Our Security
    No comment from me, but the scaremongering is continuing!!!!:rolleyes::rolleyes:
    Prorootect, amir 957, AtlBo and 11 others like this.
  2. Allego

    Allego Level 1

    Jan 25, 2016
    Windows 10
    Any thought about this? I'm currently subscribed and it's my favorite antivirus software.
  3. L S

    L S Level 5

    Jul 16, 2014
    Windows 10
    I Don't believe in all this , but if in some cases is it true - there is no way nobody to admit it / admit things like that - Specialy Big Security Company Like Kaspersky Lab Or etc. !!!
  4. Fritz

    Fritz Level 11

    Sep 28, 2015
    Windows 10
    I seriously doubt Kaspersky has any interest to get involved into politics. We're talking about a commercial company and their main target is increasing revenue, which is usually done best via stable trade relations to as many countries as possible.

    Of course, they might be pressured by the Russian government into acting against their will, but I think Eugene would have packed his bags and moved elsewhere. Yet considering the fact that American agencies are officially known to command non-disclosure measures we should be afraid of those before worrying about what might be the case in Russia. And so far I can't see the masses drop Norton and TrendMicro in a hysteric frenzy.
  5. plat1098

    plat1098 Level 5

    Aug 23, 2017
    Windows 10
    Well since this is part of a much larger US/Russia conflict, it's understandable that US government agencies, even big business might want to reconsider, especially in this climate. But for average consumer, spell it out. Telling a loyal K user "don't use that" without providing concrete info and evidence isn't totally convincing. And there's the impasse.
    upnorth, PVA_BR, davisd and 9 others like this.
  6. Mr.X

    Mr.X Level 6

    Aug 2, 2014
    PC Tech
    The moment Kaspersky "attacked" (sued) Microsoft, the latter started a campaign by all means, a successful one btw, against the former. LOL
    ZeroDay, Weebarra, venustus and 6 others like this.
  7. RoboMan

    RoboMan Level 17
    Content Creator

    Jun 24, 2016
    Windows 10
    #7 RoboMan, Sep 8, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2017
    This reminds me of some days ago when i recommended Kaspersky products on a security group and everybody started moaning at me: "why do you recommend software that spies you and stores your data", "i would not trust a company that is constantly spying on you". Instead, they'd say: "it's better to use Windows Defender".

    The good old pal Windows Defender, son of a small company who never stores data or spies his users, and never ever tied to any government.
    ZeroDay, Rebsat, upnorth and 21 others like this.
  8. NikolayfromRussia

    Jul 3, 2014
    #8 NikolayfromRussia, Sep 8, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2017
    Kaspersky is very good and famous antivirus. I don't know if Kaspersky spies and stores the data to share with Putin :) I think all antivirus products can gather information and send to their servers but I don't care about it. I use a Norton Security now that is a US product. I have a two year license and happy with it.
    ZeroDay, catjc, harlan4096 and 17 others like this.
  9. RoboMan

    RoboMan Level 17
    Content Creator

    Jun 24, 2016
    Windows 10
    I don't care either, but people are so paranoid about it. I mean, welcome to 2017, privacy is a myth.
    Sher, ZeroDay, Prorootect and 14 others like this.
  10. Fritz

    Fritz Level 11

    Sep 28, 2015
    Windows 10
    Well, at least with Norton you know that they upload anything they want. Makes for peace of mind and you never have to do backups manually, just ask Norton for a copy if push comes to shove. :p
  11. Transhumana

    Transhumana Level 5

    Jul 6, 2017
    Windows 10
    You misunderstood; that's the part of their anti-ransomware protection, just in case if your files ever get encrypted. :giggle:They just don't talk much about that component. :geek:
    catjc, amir 957, Weebarra and 8 others like this.
  12. bribon77

    bribon77 Level 11

    Jul 6, 2017
    Windows 7
    #12 bribon77, Sep 8, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2017
    Understanding that the US does not want any foreign program. for reasons of national security .... But it is not to be transferred to the Common Users. but I do not think NASA or the Pentagon or the White House, ever used Kaspersky
  13. mlnevese

    mlnevese Level 10

    May 3, 2015
    Windows 10
    If that was true I wonder if Puttin would enjoy my children's photos... And if he would send them back to me if I ever managed to lose the two cloud and an external Hard Disk backups I have. :alien:
    davisd, Weebarra, frogboy and 4 others like this.
  14. ispx

    ispx Level 13

    Jun 21, 2017
    not reachable
    davisd, Weebarra, Parsh and 3 others like this.
  15. stevethetester

    stevethetester Level 1

    Jan 3, 2016
    just another example of USA paranoia and their current drive on protectionism; lets trash and/or smear the old enemy country so people in the good old US of A don't see what is going on in their own back yard. Are we really expected to believe that the American government doesn't get help or have assistance from USA antivirus software companies? Or is it because they have already managed (or even been provided with) to gain a back door to these companies software but not Kaspersky's? I have personally used (and indeed tested) several software solutions over the years and am currently using Kaspersky Total Security 2018 which I find to be excellent and have absolutely no reservation in continuing to do so.
    ZeroDay, davisd, Weebarra and 8 others like this.
  16. tim one

    tim one Level 19
    Trusted AV Tester

    Jul 31, 2014
    Windows 10
    The antivirus companies have a particularly delicate role, because their software can access all the files on computers, sending feedback to the their company: if there were a collusion between one of them and a spy agency, the latter "could" be inserted into the computer systems of the company's customers, exploiting what should theoretically be the safest and most secure channel, so without the intrusion ever being detected.

    This gives rise to American concerns, but they do not have solid evidence to support them.

    Personally I think these are ineffective statements that leave the time they find....
    davisd, Weebarra, Parsh and 8 others like this.
  17. mlnevese

    mlnevese Level 10

    May 3, 2015
    Windows 10
    As I said in other threads about this topic, if Kaspersky, Norton, Bitdefender, whatever brand you care to mention, decided to actively spy on their users it would be discovered... There are literally thousands of real experts out there who analyze every software you may imagine and who know they would be famous if they could prove any of the big security names are involved in something like this.

    Yet there is no evidence about this happening. None at all... About any brand of your choice.

    This is simply political propaganda.
    davisd, amir 957, Weebarra and 7 others like this.
  18. hamo

    hamo Level 8

    Mar 30, 2014
    Windows 10
    davisd, amir 957, Weebarra and 6 others like this.
  19. aragornnnn

    aragornnnn Level 11

    Aug 18, 2016
    Warehouse Employee @ Nike ELC Belgium
    Windows 10
    Unbelieveable that there are people actually believing this... :rolleyes:
    BigWrench, davisd, Weebarra and 4 others like this.
  20. Arequire

    Arequire Level 18

    Feb 10, 2017
    United Kingdom
    Windows 7
    The US government is right to ban the use of Kaspersky throughout its departments. That said it shouldn't just apply to Kaspersky though; any foreign AV software where potentially classified data can be transmitted outside of the US without a department's knowledge or permission should probably be banned. Say what you want about Russia but it wasn't so long ago that the US was at war with two of its biggest allies.

    As for my opinion on Kaspersky being trustworthy or not: Until there's evidence to prove otherwise I see absolutely no reason to distrust Kaspersky.
    Rebsat, davisd, Weebarra and 7 others like this.
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