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Windows Home Server – Missing Security

September 18, 2009

I have been using the home server for a couple of years now and there is still a glaring omission from this products key requirements and that is third party security products.

Many users question the need for an anti-virus product on their server and to be honest the only response I have to this question is are you nuts? The main reason for this line of thought seems to be that if every client is protected virusdosthen why would we need a anti-virus on the server again are you nuts? Although each client PC might have a anti-virus installed can you guarantee that the client is fully working and virus free, and can you also guarantee that the software is fully updated?

There is also another route into the server that is essentially one of the key features of the server and that’s the remote access services i.e. remote login, The web page that allows uploading and downloading of files to your server, Its also worth remembering you will also download updates and may download straight to the server without going through a client. If you run a blog or a website from your server this is another route to the server.

Remember the home server is intended by design to be connected to the big bad web 24/7 and you don’t think you need an anti-virus product – are you nuts?

The problem is there seems no be no interest from the key players in this market, this is now no longer a immature product it’s been out for some time now and is more and more becoming a mainstream product.

I use the Avast product and I must say it does perform well, no viruses and is a quiet application and has a small footprint. with the WHS pack you also get a 10 client licence for their Pro anti-virus for the desktop which again works well. I do however have a couple of reservations and they are as follows

  • With the desktop software there is no option for a
    security suite (firewall).
  • The user interface is a bit dated and might not be intuitive
    as it could be.
  • User messages could be better if the software made better
    use of the WHS connector.

That said would I Buy Again? Yes without a doubt it is a good product does what it says on the tin and is a very well priced product. And I would recommend it to any other WHS user.

I have looked around to see what the other main players in the security market are doing regarding home server and it would appear not much. I can only think that they do not believe that the home server market is lucrative enough.

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Even when you go to one of the big players sites there is no obvious mention and even doing a search on the site reveals nothing but what I don’t get is McPhee does a product but I can not find a mention on their website.

There also seems to be quite a bit of disparity in the pricing, looking at the prices one would think that they are just trying to squeeze as much as they can price wise as there is not a lot of competition

Apart from the Avast product at the moment I cannot see another product that ticks the most basic of requirements and will personally be continuing with the product for the foreseeable future.

Let’s hope that Microsoft’s new Morro projects turns out to be as good as some of the initial reviews are suggesting and they ensure the final product is compatible with their own home server OS.

Please note:- Prices & information was taken from the respective websites on the 18/09/09 and all information is given in good faith. information is for reference only. Ensure to verify any suitability before making purchase.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 28, 2009 4:08 am

    With that line of reasoning, why have a home server at all. I agree, most definitely – use a good virus software and make your windows home server payoff for you in every possible way it can. It’s a great value if you use it right.

  2. September 28, 2009 12:52 pm

    thanks for your comment Rob

  3. October 6, 2009 11:33 pm

    Generally I do not post on blogs, but I would like to say that this post really forced me to do so, Excellent post! 🙂

    • October 7, 2009 2:33 am

      Thanks for your kind remarks, RobD -James

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