Agnitum Directions (November, 2008)
- OSS Migration: It's Time to Migrate to OSS 2009 from older versions
- Take Care with Competitive Marketing: How Outpost Firewall "Lost" a Firewall Challenge, or a Few Words About PR Techniques
This month, we're reminding you that you need to migrate to OSS 2009 to keep your protection up to date. Also, we take a look at the creative techniques one of our competitors is using to interpret test results. And last but not least, we're giving you an idea of what shaped our Security Insight for this month. All this in Agnitum Directions for November 2008!
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It's Time to Migrate to OSS 2009 from older versions
As Agnitum is going to cease the support of obsolete antivirus bases (due to the implementation of a new mechanism) from December 1, 2008, you need to migrate from older versions of Outpost Security Suite Pro (2007 and early builds of 2008), which will stop getting antivirus updates at the end of this month — to the 2009 version.
There is no cost to migrate to Outpost Security Suite Pro 2009 for users having an active OSS license. Just download the latest product version and insert the license key from your current version!
Please take into account that migrating from Outpost Antivirus Pro 2008 is not obligatory.
While the older versions of OSS will continue to work, the virus protection will gradually get more and more out of date, reducing your protection, so we do recommend you migrate at the earliest opportunity. Upgrading to OSS 2009 will ensure the newest and most relevant antivirus, antispyware and web control updates as well as all the other benefits of Outpost Security Suite Pro 2009, including:
- Revamped interface that lets you take care of all settings with just a couple of clicks
- New SmartScan technology that speeds malware scans and improves overall performance
- Enhanced host protection and anti-keylogger functionality
- IP block list to keep web surfing clean
- Antispam support for The Bat!, and much more!
Take advantage of the latest protection and stay safe online with Agnitum!
How Outpost Firewall "Lost" a Firewall Challenge, or a Few Words About PR Techniques
Many of you are likely frequent readers of Matousec Transparent Security Lab's white papers and tests, including the Firewall Challenge. The Firewall Challenge is intended to show firewalls' and security suites' capabilities in resisting "leaktests" (tests that simulate data leakage) and other lesser-known ways of bypassing protection.
As can be seen from the list of solutions tested, both standalone firewalls and security suites are submitted for this report. One of those security suites is Kaspersky Internet Security 2009, which holds 7th place in the ratings with a score of 87% across 73 tests, a "very good" protection level, and a complexity level of "10+".
Agnitum's products have traditionally enjoyed well-earned leadership in these tests for several years. Currently Outpost Firewall Pro 2009 holds 1st place with 99% (the build tested was an initial one, released July 1, 2008), "excellent" protection and complexity level "10" (minor errors revealed by the test were fixed in subsequent builds, which enables us to claim a 100% result on all suggested levels if the product were retested in its current condition).
So here is our question. Why did a product with a lower total score receive a higher complexity level — 10+?
Read more on our corporate blog to learn this intricate story.
The holiday season is coming up fast, so we're working hard to bring you the best possible gift — robust Internet security and data protection for both home and office PCs. We'll keep you posted as we plan ahead for next year and even more improvements to the best antimalware protection available.
With best wishes,
Your Agnitum team