If you’re a conscientious computer user, you make sure to keep your antivirus software up-to-date. It’s the only way to safeguard your computer from viruses and malware, right? According to a recent story by MIT’s Technology Review, no.
Antivirus Software: Unreliable?
The antivirus software that we have paid for and long depended on to safeguard our information might not be effective. The technology is running a race with malware programs and malware is winning. More sophisticated and challenging to detect malware comes out every day and this is very concerning to those of us who access the Internet on a day-to-day basis.
Burned by Flame
The Technology Review story focuses on Flame, probably the most complicated instances of malware ever discovered. According to the story, Flame has been copying documents and making recordings of audio, keystrokes, network traffic and Skype calls and taking screenshots of all this activity from the computers it has contaminated. What’s the worst part? Flame has been doing this for around two years, according to the Technology Review story. And during this time, not a single piece of security software discovered this notably clever bit of malware.
An Industry Under Siege
Wouldn’t it be nice if Flame was the only malware that could get by antivirus software? Unfortunately, this is not the case. There are quite a few that are more than difficult to detect and as soon as antivirus software gets upgraded, malware is developed that challenges it even more. This does not mean you ought not to take all measures available to protect your computer, like keeping your antivirus software up to date. You ought to just be aware that there are viruses out there that may breakthrough. Hopefully, the antivirus industry will ultimately catch up with the development of viruses and malware.