F-Secure Gets Called Out On Mobile Virus FUD
from the are-your-BS-definitions-up-to-date? dept
Finnish anti-virus firm F-Secure has developed quite a reputation — not necessarily for their products, but because of the ridiculous amount of hype they’ve spun regarding the largely theoretical threat of mobile malware and viruses. Other vendors and smartphone OS developers have made fairly general comments that the actual threat has been overhyped, but now one of the company’s rivals has called it out by name, claiming F-Secure has created a market for their product through their incessant fear-mongering. An F-Secure exec, unsurprisingly, denies the claim, but perhaps he hasn’t been at the company long enough to remember the many various instances it’s done exactly that. The truth remains that the risk of infection by a mobile virus is extremely low, while their potential for damage is limited by many factors. The F-Secure guy says he can’t understand why anything they’ve done is bad for business, which is hardly surprising, really — but creating a market that’s based only on irrational fear your company whips up really isn’t a great plan for long-term success.