Posted 30 September 2007 - 02:37 PM
There are pros and cons to using an all-in-one security application.
Do not think that having everything in one application necessarily uses less computing resources than does having several independent applications running concurrently. Both have the save tasks to perform, and it may easily be that because each application is designed to do one thing only that the programmers were more efficient in their design.
Most of the all-in-one solutions were not designed from scratch to work together, but the company owning one module purchased the software for the other modules, and interfaced these with user-front end, often with mixed results. Moreover, unless they took great care to bring key programmers with the software, they have foreign hands attempting to maintain and (sometimes) improve it.
Lastly, although it is simpler for the end user, he is locked into keeping the suite. This may mean that he is unable to include "best of breed" for each module, and must take a second-best in one module to keep a first-rate (for example) AV, or to tailor his security to meet his needs.
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