It was only a matter of time until a security company would come up with an ingenious idea to increase their market share.
The first company to do just that is Agnitum with an offer for residents of the United States or Canada.
Here is how the deal works. You can trade-in your current antivirus solution for a one or two year license of Agnitum Outpost Security Suite. The current license needs to be valid for at least three months to get the free version. If it is valid for more than 12 months, you'd even get a two year license instead.
A total of 15 different vendors are accepted by Agnitum, including Avast, Symantec, McAfee, AVG and ZoneAlarm.
Agnitum wants you to provide evidence of the license. This is done by making a screenshot of the purchase confirmation email, in-application or the active account screen from the security vendor's website.
I cannot really say what's on the next page after you have clicked on the Send button. I have send an email to my contact at Agnitum to find out more about that part of the process.
Update: The next page displays information about the upcoming steps. It contains a download link to a trial version and information that it will take up to two days to get the product key by email.
You have submitted your license in exchange for an equivalent license for Outpost Security Suite Pro. While you’re waiting for confirmation of your eligibility, please DOWNLOAD a free 30-day full-functional trial version and get ready for up to 2 years of high-performance proactive security!
Within 2 business days, you will receive an email from Agnitum Technical Support with the registration code for your Outpost Security Suite Pro with one or two years of free updates, upgrades and support. This license will be valid for up to 3 or 5 PCs for personal and/or family members usage, depending on the competing license you provide.
I'm also not sure if you can only trade-in Internet Security suites, as mentioned on the page, or standalone antivirus solutions as well. Try to get an answer here as well for you guys.
You probably would like to know what Output Security Suite has to offer, and how it competes against comparable suites.
The product page at the Agnitum homepage links to a pdf datasheet with information about the product. Outpost Security Suite is an all-in one solution that combines antivirus protection with a software firewall and other security related modules like a system and application guard or an anti-spam module.
I found several test sites where the security software was tested. I cannot vouch for those sites.
It needs to be noted that Agnitum is offering a free version of the Outpost Security Suite that anyone can download and use. The free suite comes with most of the features of the professional version. It offers the same antivirus and firewall protection. What it does not offer are unique ID theft prevention, priority updates and technical support.
Update 2: Agnitum seems to have pulled the offer.
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