OPSWAT is a San Francisco based software company that provides solutions to secure and manage IT infrastructure. Founded in 2002, OPSWAT delivers solutions that provide manageability of endpoints and networks, and that help organizations protect against zero day attacks by using multiple antivirus engine scanning and file filtering. OPSWAT’s intuitive applications and comprehensive development kits are deployed by SMB, enterprise and OEM customers to more than 100 million endpoints worldwide. To learn more about OPSWAT’s innovative and unique solutions, please visit www.opswat.com.
The data in this report is collected using OPSWAT Gears technology, which, in addition to collecting information about installed products, also collects and logs information about advanced threats found on devices. We have defined advanced threats as those that may evade the installed antivirus software: either they are not detected or are unable to be remediated (see below for more detail). Threats that are found and immediately remediated by the installed antivirus software are not considered advanced threats. In our data set, suspected advanced threats were found on 4.5% of devices.
OPSWAT Gears uses two methods to identify advanced threats. The first method looks for threats that are being detected repeatedly by the installed antivirus software, indicating that even though the antivirus product is able to detect the threat, it is not able to remediate it, and further action may be required by the user to fix the problem. Alternately, it may indicate suspicious activity on the part of the user that is repeatedly downloading a malicious file. For this report, we have included threats that were detected at least 10 times by the device’s installed antivirus. This type of threat was detected on 1.6% of devices, most of which contained only a single persistent threat.
The second method for identifying advanced threats is a daily cloud malware scan of the running programs using multiple anti-malware engines (up to 40, powered by Metascan Online. This helps identify active threats on the device that may have been missed by the installed antivirus. For this report, we included threats that were detected by at least 5 anti-malware engines in Metascan Online. This type of threat was detected on 2.9% of devices.
Cloud Backup Application Market Share
In this sample of Windows devices, more than 40 percent had a cloud backup application installed. Dropbox showed the highest share, with 33.8%, followed by Google Drive at around a quarter of the market. Microsoft’s cloud storage product OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) also had a sizeable share with 19.3%. These top three products dominate the market, with an almost 80 percent combined share.
Public File Sharing Market Share
This report shows comparisons for applications on Windows systems from data collected from users of OPSWAT’s Security Score and free OPSWAT Gears tools. These free products use the detection capabilities of OPSWAT Gears technology to collect information regarding the applications installed on endpoint computers. Security Score is a personal security monitoring tool available at opswat.com/products/security-score and also at various download sites across the web. OPSWAT Gears is a network monitoring tool available at www.opswatgears.com and is free to manage up to 25 devices. Only free OPSWAT Gears users are included in this report. These tools are used around the world by home and business users, both expert and inexperienced in security software. For the purpose of the report, the sample of about 3000 users is assumed to be representative of the market, based on the wide accessibility of the tools to a large range of users. However, these results are likely to differ from those in the real world (see below for more details). OPSWAT Gears and Security Score run continuously in a user’s system as security tools. This allows for continuous reports over time from each user, as long as the application is installed. For this report, the data was collected to show what was on each user’s computer from the most recent data transfer that was sent before the time of collection on April 1, 2014.
Several attributes inherent in way the data is collected may cause the results in this report to differ from what exists in the real world. OPSWAT makes no claims as to the accuracy of the data in the real world market and is continuously working on ways to overcome the following obstacles:
- On average, OPSWAT Gears and Security Score users are more likely to have high-functioning security on their computers than would be seen in the market as a whole. Security Score continuously provides information to its users about the strength of their security measures, and OPSWAT Gears allows IT administrators to monitor users who are not security compliant. In both cases, the act of gathering OPSWAT’s market share data also serves to remind users to increase their security capabilities.
- Though the sample size is large enough to give reliable data, some cross-comparisons and more detailed comparisons result in lower confidence levels. The sample size will continue to increase in each report since the data is collected from every current user of these products. More data in the future will allow for several new in-depth comparisons that have not been included in past reports.
- These applications are marketed in OPSWAT’s own channels. Users sampled may not be representative of the general population. For example, this report may contain a different distribution of Windows operating systems and device types compared to what exists in the real world. While this report contains around 16% Windows 8 users, Netmarketshare reports that around 12% of all Windows users currently operate under Windows 8 or 8.1. However, this number is expected to rise with the recent announcement that Microsoft will no longer offer support for Windows XP.
- Although the free version of Security Score is only available for Windows users, OPSWAT Gears is available for both Windows and Mac. However, Mac devices are not included in this report, and products that are available on both Mac and Windows would presumably have different market shares in the real world. Market share for Mac users is expected to be added in future reports.
- While Security Score and OPSWAT Gears are used on devices around the world, their use is not commensurate with worldwide population distribution. Only English-language versions of these tools are available, so countries that have higher numbers of English speakers are expected to use these applications at higher rates, as well as countries that have been exposed to more coverage of these tools by press and partners. For example, the Chinese antivirus vendor Qihoo 360 recently reported that it had 440 million users of its internet security products, but it did not make the list of top vendors in this set of data.
Stay tuned for the next market share report in July, which will feature new comparisons and in-depth comparisons of product usage.
Vendors of antivirus, P2P, patch management, backup, encryption, and other applications interested in inclusion in these reports, OPSWAT Gears, and OESIS Framework are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to partner with OPSWAT.
OPSWAT Products and Services
Metascan technology powers each of OPSWAT’s multi-scanning solutions, enabling IT professionals and software engineers to enhance network security by scanning with up to 30 built-in antivirus engines from market leaders such as ESET, Norman, AVG and many others. Metascan allows for custom implementations, such as integration with other engines of your choice, and can be used for rapid malware analysis and to implement sophisticated data loss prevention systems.
For specific multi-scanning needs, OPSWAT also offers Metascan Client, which quickly scans endpoints’ running processes and memory for key loggers, viruses and other malware, and Metadefender, which scans removable media such as USB drives, CDs, DVDs, and memory cards.
A free demo of Metascan technology is available at metascan-online.com.
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