Distant early warning syndrome

CA Security Suite just jumped up and warned me that my subscription was expiring and I should RENEW NOW lest I be exposed to all manner of horrid net.crud.

This didn’t sound right, so I popped open their front end, and here’s the expiration date: 18 February 2008.

And I have enough experience with CA to know that the earliest you should ever renew one of their products is on the day before it expires, inasmuch as they start the clock on the new subscription on the date of the new order: were I to renew in mid-January, I’d lose a month.

I abandoned these characters at work after considerable difficulty getting the site licenses renewed. (Trini gives them, I’m guessing, about a 4.9 curse.) I’ll have no qualms about ditching them at home if this sort of thing keeps up.


  1. McGehee »

    8 September 2007 · 5:48 pm

    CA is what used to be McAfee? That would put them just above Norton => Symantec on my security-suite list. And Symantec ranks right above Network Solutions (or whatever they go by these days) on my overall list.

    At least, I think so. It would take refilling the paper tray several times to print my list that far.

  2. CGHill »

    8 September 2007 · 6:10 pm

    CA is what used to be eTrust; they also used to sell a rebranded version of ZoneAlarm. McAfee is still McAfee, so far as I know, and every once in a while I pick up a ten-foot pole so I know what I won’t touch them with.

  3. McGehee »

    8 September 2007 · 6:40 pm

    CA […] also used to sell a rebranded version of ZoneAlarm.

    <bloodcurdling scream>

    ZoneAlarm now comes from an outfit called Check Point, about which all I know is that it’s been months since a new version came out (I’ll be checking out what looks like a new version in a minute).

  4. Aero »

    8 September 2007 · 10:46 pm

    CA lost my business years ago for shutting off my program three months before it was to be renewed. After many phone calls, I didn’t get the prorated refund they promised me. Ditch ’em.

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