I broke down today and bought Anti-Virus software for the primary computer that I use. I’ve had anti-virus software on customer computers, my son’s computer, and my wife’s computer. The reason I didn’t have it on the computer that I work on is because I think it’s an unnecessary evil. If you’re suspicious and careful you should be able to avoid infection by a virus. OK, so I hedged my bets and occaisionally ran Trend Micro’s House Call solution. Still, I didn’t feel like it was necessary software — and supporting an industry which has caused so many hours of problems with software that blocks things in unexpected ways has never been high on my list.
However, I realize that in today’s environment, the only way for corporations to protect themselves is to ensure that the laptops connecting to their network have current anti-virus software and that the definitions are up to date. The goal being, of course, to provide some measure of assurance that the computer isn’t infected.
So, I’ve joined the masses in using Anti-Virus software. Even if I don’t like the whole concept.