May 30, 2013

This May, F-Secure Celebrates 25 Years of Malware Fighting

In 1988, the Morris computer worm was the first worm to spread extensively via the Internet. It was also the year that the small company Data Fellows was founded in an apartment building in Finland. The company, now known as F-Secure, now protects millions of people all over the world from today’s sophisticated malware.

This month, Scandinavian Internet security company F-Secure is celebrating its 25th anniversary. And a lot has changed in the past 25 years. Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer at F-Secure, remembers:

When F-Secure was founded, viruses were still quite rare. Most companies had yet to be convinced that they even existed. […] In the early days of F-Secure, most viruses traveled on floppy disks. Today, of course, they are distributed via the Internet, making this industry much more complex – and always interesting.

Starting out as a small company in Finland, F-Secure is now a global brand, moving towards becoming the major player in cloud security. Consumer products include F-Secure Internet Security 2013. In January this year, this product received independent test lab AV-Test’s Best Protection 2012-award in the consumer category, as well as the Top Rated product-award from AV-Comparatives.