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Microsoft Security Essentials.

October 19, 2009

microsoft_security_essentials_logo-thumb-230x130-8635-f I was on their technical support site the other day and I was going through the postings in the community help section as I can not understand why Windows Home Server has been excluded from a product which by the reviews of security specialist’s and users turns out be very good product.

One of the post’s I read touches on a post I made previously on Windows Home server security with respects to anti-virus and the advice being given out was it is not needed if all the clients have antivirus software on them.

I added a comment to the post however the author of the statement still held his opinion even after explaining why I believed this was bad advice.

Let me be clear the Windows Home Server is a computer that is connected to the web 24/7/365 by its very design you can access the server through it’s web interface where you can upload and download files. the server is also accessed by clients on the local network in both these instances can you guarantee that these client pc’s or the web is virus free and malware free?

It is CRAZY not to have a anti-virus product running on your server.

The small amount of money it costs at the moment to offer outweighs the ricks of not having it remember you are trusting the server to store the following

  • Family photo’s
  • Home movies
  • Personal Documents
  • Music
  • Video
  • PC backup’s

The list continues I also tried to establish why the Microsoft Security Essentials is not able to run on the Windows Home Server and to be honest every reason I read did not stand up to investigation.

It is very worrying that a company, even though maybe not directly from the company themselves, are allowing bad advice and bad reasoning to effect their reputation for generally good products and advice.

I have sent a email of to Microsoft to seek clarification on this but to be honest I will not be holding my breath.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 20, 2009 11:52 pm

    I read a post a while back from a Microsoft AVP and he said (don’t quote me it was over a month ago) that essentials was a great product but if you had a server or any critical workstations that you should have an enterprise level anti virus for protection not essentials.

    My guess is that they don’t want to be responsible for securing mission critical systems. Therefore use it on your PC’s and laptops but nothing serious. They don’t seem to want to compete totally against the bigger guys in the AV market…..yet.


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