Kaspersky Lab have released a free version of their anti virus, and it is now available in the United States. Having done a limited release in Russia, China, and Nordic countries, Kaspersky Lab decided to release its free version globally. The company has a plan to expand the program all around the world over the course of 4 months. The version of the product contains the bare essentials of Kaspersky Lab AV program which provides basic protection. However, some researchers are wary after the recent allegations that the company has ties to the Kremlin.
The free version of the AV will include anti virus for files, web surfing, and email. It will also include certain features like auto-update, quarantine, and self-defence. In their statement, Kaspersky Lab also states that the free version is less taxing on system resources and quicker than its other versions. To upgrade to its premium features that include VPN, application monitoring, parental controls and more, users will have to pay a premium of 50 dollars.
You probably think that there is no such thing as a free lunch and you are right. Kaspersky Lab is also gaining a valuable data from this free versions. This helps their machine learning algorithms by providing more data to work with and consequently improve their services. However, recent issues might make some entities wary of Kaspersky Lab products. One of them being the latest allegations of Kaspersky Lab being in cahoots with the Kremlin which lead the American government to ban its products in governmental institutions. Furthermore, security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in AV softwares which Kaspersky Lab declined to address.