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    "Fails The Big Tests"

    April 5, 2012  |   By BTJustice

    Pros

    There is a "free" version.

    Cons

    It fails a lot or tests.

    Summary

    I am participating in a thread on the COMODO Forum for COMODO Internet Security and it has come up numerous times how great CIS has done on the Matousec test to which I replied...

    I had to research Matousec as the first time I ever heard of it was in this thread. As far as I can tell, they test firewalls but make more demands of firewalls that are kind of silly such as key logging. A firewall should protect against and stop leaks. The anti-malware part of the program should protect against and remove malware. Yet Matousec tests with the anti-malware portion turned off.

    It also appears vendors can pay Matousec to retest giving the vendors the right to either publish the results or not publish them. This is a mafia-style extortion tactic...

    "Hey your product didn't score well in out test. If you don't want the results published, pay up and we will retest it and if the results are still not good then we won't publish any results. This is an offer you can't refuse!"

    And apparently they score the results of 10 tests across 11 levels even if they all are not run. Take ESET for example...

    http://www.matousec.com/projects/proactive-security-challenge-64/reports/PSC64%20report%20-%20ESET%20Smart%20Security%205.0.94.0.pdf

    In the latest test it got 33% but only ran in 6 tests. Take the total product percentage of 360 and divide it by 6 and it is 60%. All tested products need to be ran across all tests.

    I found a lot of criticisms against Matousec...

    http://www.thetechherald.com/articles/Security-vendors-respond-to-Matousec-research/10138/

    http://smokeys.wordpress.com/2008/04/20/matousecs-firewall-challenge-wrinkle-conflict-of-interests/

    http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/matousec-personal-firewall-tests-analyzed.htm

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20101003115113AATE4G4

    http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=212594

    http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?p=189909

    http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r20905485-firewall-tests

    So in taking all of this into account, Matousec is meaningless to me. I still want to see CIS kick butt at real tests like the VB100, AV-TEST, AV-Comparative, ICSA, and Checkmark. It is not the responsibility of the end user to independently test security software to find the best one.

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2 replies to this review

  • Reply by ElObomo on June 4, 2012

    Ever watched all the Comodo reviews on You Tube? Didn't think so.

  • Reply by BTJustice on April 7, 2012

    I still like CIS and am using it. I just want to see it do well in the tests is all.

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