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McIntel-Intel buys McAfee

August 26th, 2010 | Small Business | No Comments »

Unless you really live under a rock( or you’re in a place where you don’t have a cell signal[but, really who doesn’t nowadays? On vacation recently, my father and I saw this one man hiking in El Yunque, Puerto Rico(the U.S’s only rain forest) talking on a cell phone]), you’ve probably heard about Intel buying McAfee for about $7.68  billion(figure courtesy of news channel 8 Portland). Now why would Intel buy McAfee? To get into the security market of course. Traditionally Intel’s core market has been PC processing, however due to the recent economic changes, Intel has decided to branch out into the security market.

What does this mean for us consumers? Apparently Intel has indicated that the impact of the purchase won’t be felt until 2020. Why? Well Intel is most likely planning on putting McAfee’s software on it’s chips. This would better protect cell phones, tablets, e-readers other mobile devices that can connect to the internet. That would make it easier to protect user’s personal data, on those devices where security products can’t be installed easily.

What does this mean for small businesses? Well, according to Intel, it’s to better protect the systems from threats.  After Operation Aurora, Intel decided to up it’s  security measures. Operation Aurora revealed gaps in how protected one’s data really is and Intel has made the deal to step in and try to fill that gap. Therefore down the road, with McAfee software on Intel’s chips, small businesses could assure their customers that their data is well protected.

With this deal, Intel has made security a top priority and has sent our the message that security is more important than ever. Since the internet is changing minute by minute, companies are beginning to change the way they view security and are taking measures to update and upgrade their security measures. And as for the consumers, tools such as McAfee and Kikscore are helping protect against hackers, identity thieves and all the other bad guys out there.

So what are your opinions on the deal and what does this mean for small businesses and consumers?

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