Companies that provide free licenses to beta testers

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by veri, May 7, 2007.

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  1. veri

    veri Registered Member

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    What companies have a reputation for this? I've seen a few posts here and there that make reference to such, so I'm kind of curious.
     
  2. Peter2150

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    Many companies if they don't give a free license, provide a means for you to run the software without paying. One example is Kaspersky.

    But be very aware, this also carries a risk. There is no guarantee that any particular build of a beta you install wouldn't in essence trash your system, and you need to have an excellent recovery plan in place. I know in most of the stuff I beta test for, if you don't have a recovery plan in place, and something bad happens you will get no sympathy.

    If your motivation is the free part, I'd forget it and move on. If you enjoy testing, and can recover from disasters, then dive in and join the fun.

    Pete
     
  3. veri

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    What means might that be, beyond trials?

    And nah, I'm covered AV-wise for the foreseeable future, but I am running ESSb1 at the moment, complete with file backups and a freshly-made disk image.
     
  4. Legendkiller

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    atleast CA people give free 1-yr license to every beta-tester....ir-respective of their contribution..

    Kaspersky,trend-micro do give free licenses but to beta-testers who make "serious" and meaningful contribution during their beta process..
     
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    A-Squared, Agnitum, Online Armor, Avira, BitDefender, Grisoft, Norman, Safe'n'Sec, System Safety Monitor, etc, offer free licenses to active beta testers...
     
  6. Legendkiller

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    wow,i never knew so many of these co's give free license...
     
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    And also Sunbelt...
     
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    VBA32 also gives a license during the beta times, and being a continuous contributer you may also get a license at a discount or for free. :)
     
  9. Hangetsu

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    Remember the key word in there is "active". Just grabbing copies of builds and chatting up the messageboards won't necessarily get you free software.

    Having said that, if free is concern, why not just get some of the free security tools that are out there - Many are very high quality products, and there's numeous threads on this forum that detail configurations.
     
  10. veri

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    I know, and I've used much of the free stuff out there - I was just curious.
     
  11. Hangetsu

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    Fair enough, and I hope my post didnt come across mean, I just know that many vendors are strict about the freebies! :D
     
  12. veri

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    No worries - I'd imagine that they are. There's a good chance that I'll go with ESS even if I have to pay the upgrade fee from my two-year with v2.7, but I figured I'd ask. ;)
     
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