False positive

Discussion in 'Security' started by Unapvpfa, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. Unapvpfa

    Unapvpfa

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    false positive is another way of saying ‘mistake’. As applied to the field of anti-virus programs, a false positive occurs when the program mistakenly flags an innocent file as being infected. This may seem harmless enough, but false positives can be a real nuisance.

    * You waste productivity due to user down-time.
    * You may take e-mail offline, as a security precaution, thus causing a backlog and more lost productivity
    * You waste even more time and resources in futile attempts to disinfect ‘infected’ files. And if you load a backup, to replace ‘infected files, the backup appears to be infected too.

    In short, false positives can be costly nuisances.
    The term is not confined just to the anti-virus world. It also applies, for example, to anti-spam protection, where it refers to the misidentification of a legitimate e-mail message as spam. This too could be very costly, since the undelivered e-mail may be a business critical message.
     
    Unapvpfa, Jun 13, 2011
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