Comments on: An Overview of Free Antivirus Programs – Part X – Blink Personal Edition http://tipsfor.us/2008/02/02/an-overview-of-free-antivirus-programs-part-x-blink-personal-edition/ Tech Tips, Reviews, Tutorials, Occasional Rants Sat, 31 Aug 2013 15:50:35 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 By: Blue1978 http://tipsfor.us/2008/02/02/an-overview-of-free-antivirus-programs-part-x-blink-personal-edition/#comment-5612 Sun, 19 Jul 2009 15:14:00 +0000 http://tipsfor.us/?p=176#comment-5612 Want to learn more about why Blink is special and unique? Please see the forum post I made in eEye Digital Security’s forum located here:

http://forums.eeye.com/forums/t/998.aspx

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By: Jeffrey http://tipsfor.us/2008/02/02/an-overview-of-free-antivirus-programs-part-x-blink-personal-edition/#comment-4979 Sat, 31 Jan 2009 18:16:47 +0000 http://tipsfor.us/?p=176#comment-4979 Blink Personal Edition is now up to version 4.2.4. A lot of improvements have been made since its prior versions!

Two of the biggest improvements are:

1. New Patent Pending ActiveX Protection
2. Upgraded Norman AV engine

To see the latest release notes on versions of Blink that are released go to:
http://forums.eeye.com/forums/13.aspx

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To answer some of your questions:

1. After the free one year trial of Blink is up, I have found that if you un-install it completely from your system and then clean your system of any remaining files or registry entries, you can install a newly downloaded copy of the free version and you “should” be able to get another free year out of it. I personally have been using Blink Professional Edition (because you receive support via a Customer Support Portal and trouble tickets that you submit). Personal Edition users receive support via eEye’s Forums.

2. Blink works fine with Firefox and all of its add-ons, however, eEye designed Blink to provide you maximum protection if you’re using IE – eEye specializes in WINDOWS OS’s and software only primarily. With this being said, they have what is called an “IE Plug-in” (which is not something you will see visually anywhere) however, this allows Blink to scan SSL connections (like a SSL proxy can, but it is not a proxy) and it also gives it the ability to parse out HTML and other scripts in WebPages to identify web based attacks.

3. The Personal Edition of Blink was designed for the everyday user (if you use its out of box settings), however, Blink truly IMO, fits your knowledgeable users much better. It has the capability to allow someone that is skilled in such area of firewalls and IPS’s to custom create rules, fine tune its detection abilities, and really lock down one’s systems.
The biggest thing that separates Blink from a lot of the other security suites out there is the fact that it has eEye’s Vulnerability Assessment program (aka “Retina”) built into it. For someone that wants to keep up on the latest patches, fixes, and misconfiguration issues on their system this is a must! For the everyday user, Retina’s report that it outputs may be a bit confusing if they do not understand what it is trying to display and show them.
Finally, Blink also uses a detection method that most other security suites do not. This method is called “Protocol Analysis”. I don’t mean this either by Blink scans a port associated with a protocol either, I mean it by Blink scans the Protocol itself looking for attacks within it. Most upper end security technologies are able to do this, but it is hard to find such a capability in the applications that are made now days to protect desktop and server platforms.

To sum things up, quite honestly, IMO you can’t compare Blink with a lot of the other security “All-in-One” suites out there, because it is focused on doing something entirely different. Blink is attempting to protect you from vulnerabilities that exist in software programs and OS’s. It is trying to protect you from the attack vector that delivers the “payload” (i.e. the worm, virus, Trojan horse, rootkit, etc) to your system. It is not concerned mainly with building a wall around the infection once you are already infected; it is trying to protect you from the avenues of attack that deliver the infection. Most of the other security suites focus too much on the “Payload” and the outbound leakage of information after it is already too late! Yes, there is a place for that in security, but with today’s rise of vulnerabilities in software applications (because of sloppy coding and such) these other applications will not protect you. To a lot of people this is difficult to explain, but to someone that understands, it makes a lot of sense. This is why I made the statement that it is hard to compare Blink with the rest.

You can download the free version of Blink Personal Edition from:

http://free-antivirus.eeye.com/

Keep in mind; you do NOT want to stack any other security solution with Blink. Blink is meant to cover all the aspects of the different layers of a systems security. Adding more to this already complex scenario will only give you a headache from a slow system, software conflicts, and so forth.

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By: zzyzx http://tipsfor.us/2008/02/02/an-overview-of-free-antivirus-programs-part-x-blink-personal-edition/#comment-4911 Wed, 14 Jan 2009 03:35:10 +0000 http://tipsfor.us/?p=176#comment-4911 I’m wondering how the renewal of the personal license went after the first year (USA/Canada). On eEye download page, it appears to me that the first year is simply a trial period, after that, you need to pay or do you simply renew the free registration status?

From:

http://www.eeye.com/html/consumer/products/blink/download/index.html

“Register now for your license of Blink Personal Internet security with Antivirus. Your copy of Blink Personal is limited to personal and home use, and may NOT be used within in commercial, corporate, or government environments.

If you are located outside of the continental United States or Canada, register here to receive your 30-day trial of Blink Personal. If you prefer to have protection for more than 30 days, you may purchase Blink Personal from our online store, starting at $24.95.

If you are located within the continental United States or Canada, your subscription license will be valid for a period of 1 year from the date of activation. At the end of the 1 year license period, you have the option to purchase another subscription to maintain the protection you will have grown to trust.”

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By: alpesh http://tipsfor.us/2008/02/02/an-overview-of-free-antivirus-programs-part-x-blink-personal-edition/#comment-3743 Fri, 24 Oct 2008 07:55:06 +0000 http://tipsfor.us/?p=176#comment-3743 free version of Blink Personal have a serial number,

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By: Mark Regan http://tipsfor.us/2008/02/02/an-overview-of-free-antivirus-programs-part-x-blink-personal-edition/#comment-2921 Mon, 28 Jul 2008 01:45:42 +0000 http://tipsfor.us/?p=176#comment-2921 I am an unsophisticated user. 1) Can I trust the Blink default security settings? 2) Will Blink interfere with my Firefox and iGoogle gadgets?

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By: Mira http://tipsfor.us/2008/02/02/an-overview-of-free-antivirus-programs-part-x-blink-personal-edition/#comment-2667 Mon, 12 May 2008 02:37:53 +0000 http://tipsfor.us/?p=176#comment-2667 Great documentation! It is very useful. I write because I’m curious about a newborn antivirus called LIA (Little Intelligent Antivirus) which is only 14 months old. Could you evaluate it? I am looking forward to see your review on it. Thank a lot!

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