Antispyware programs are generally considered the pillars of digital security. Something you can trust absolutely 100%, right? After all, this is their goal by default - maximum protection. But in light of recent news, Kaspersky Lab antivirus might not only struggle to induce the same level of confidence in clients like you or me but actually lose it altogether.
According to The Times, a former Kaspersky senior manager claimed the firm used to be governed by two parties, the independent party of the two being the cause of major concern. Such an operational model would normally make a breach or espionage highly unlikely. But after the kidnapping of founder Eugene Kaspersky's son, the company's faction linked to Russia's FSB agency completely took over.
Antispyware programs are nosy by default. They have to be in order to protect something as complex as a computer software. They need full access. Otherwise, they can't provide full protection. This is what makes them so effective, and ironically, equally dangerous in case of a breach.
Constantly keeping up with the latest cyber threats requires constant updating. Constant updating means constant access of the antispyware company to the client's computer. It's easy to see how dependent this system is on the respective company's trustworthiness.
Before you delete your antispyware, whether it's Kaspersky or not, you might want to consider the whole story. Even if trusting an antivirus program can be risky, it's arguably much safer compared to the alternatives, at least for the general public. The Internet is like an ocean, full of big and small lethal threats to your computer. Without an antispyware program, you're on your own against all of them.
Hacking an antispyware software, as you can imagine, requires a great deal of effort. Effort which would only be worth it if the information on the other side is of great value. This is what makes government and federal secrets, which can give a country the edge over its competitor in their espionage games, so valuable. A freelance writer's PayPal information, for example, would hardly be worth the trouble. So for now, you might want to hold onto to your antivirus program, whether it's Kaspersky or another one.