Security Software to Avoid

Many people already know that I am not a fan of McAfee security products, due to the number of unusual networking issues I have come across that were resolved by removing McAfee and installing anything else.

Well, I have another product to add to my short list of security products to avoid.  One of my clients was having problems getting all his Internet connection speed.  He had F-Secure Online Protection from CenturyLink.  When we removed it we got a 10 fold increase in throughput.

I am reluctant, at this point, to level a blanket disapproval of all F-Secure products. I certainly cannot recommend the CenturyLink iteration of this security product.  As a general rule, I dislike ALL security products provided by ISPs.  It seems they always have some sort of problem that shows up sooner or later, especially when you change Internet companies, like moving from CenturyLink to Comcast.

Buy your own, or download one of the good free security products.  Our recommendations are AVG Internet Security 2013, or AVG Free or Microsoft Security Essentials (Free).


About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at

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