Richard wants to know about Prevex
My bank’s marketing department wants me to install “PREVX” as a security measure for their web-site. I have Avast! Free version. Why would I need (or want) an additional “security’ program?
Prevx has been around a while. It sounds to us like your marketing department has had a little marketing done on it. Many times companies will come in and make a presentation to a company’s marketing department and make it sound like they’re promoting the most essential software in the world. But there’s no extra protection to be afforded by installing Prevx – as long as you have good antivirus and antispyware already installed.
Prevx offers two products Prevex 3.0 which they claim is “The World’s Smallest, Fastest, Lightest and Strongest Security Software.” and Prevx SafeOnline which they stress is important to “prevent fraudsters from stealing personal information, including usernames, passwords, bank account details and credit card numbers
As for Prevx 3.0 there is nothing that it does that Avast (free) or Microsoft Security Essentials (free) and a good antispyware doesn’t do as well or better. And stating that it’s the world’s “fastest”, “lightest” and “strongest” is a bit of a stretch..
As for Prevx SafeOnline – no one steals your passwords by hacking your computer or by being a “man in the middle”. If you login to a secure server everything is encrypted and no one is going to steal any passwords or data. Your financial accounts and other sensitive accounts are much more likely to be breached because you use weak passwords than some unseen bogeyman hiding in the shadows.
Prevx is not free. It’s $232 for a year for your company (which is why the big sales pitch) and $34.95 for a year for home users. There are better solutions available free or for less money.
If you have good antispyware and antivirus protection installed – and you keep them up-to-date, you’re not going to gain anything by installing Prevx – all you’re going to get is another program you don’t need.
That’s how we see it.