Is Network Installation of FSIS2012 Safe?
We are always being told how important it is only to go online with an account with few privileges (i.e. without administrator rights) and with a firewall, virus scanner, intrusion protection, etc. etc. etc. in place, and yet F-Secure demand that we:
1) remove any antivirus etc. program from the computer,
2) upload the "network installer",
3) with the unprotected computer go into the internet and run the installer as administrator,
4) wait, connected to the internet with a still unprotected computer until the installation is finished,
5) Repeat 1 - 4 for as many computers as you have licences - in my case 5, duh!
If they're not really needed, why bother to include a firewall and intrusion detection in FSIS?
I've read F-Secure's justification for the network installer, but don't find it persuasive for the customer, even if it may have some advantages for F-Secure. It really is not a big deal to download a 50-55 MB file (about the the size of FSIS 2011) one time with the speed of connection that most people have these days.
Providing a full installation file means that the computer must never be attached to the internet completely lacking in protection. After the offline installation you just need to go into the internet to get the most recent signatures.
I waited for the backup CD to arrive in the post, hoping to find a full version of FSIS2012 on it, but to my great disappointment all I found was, of course, the network installer.
I would sincerely ask F-Secure to reconsider their policy on this issue.
Does anyone else feel uneasy about F-Secure's present method of distributing their product?