Intel announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it will be rebranding its McAfee Security software products as "Intel Security." Even though the McAfee brand is almost 30 years old, the name is now most often associated with the escapades of the company's founder, John McAfee.
However, while the name is gone, Intel is keeping the red shield.
The only one happier with the name change than Intel management may be John McAfee himself. He told the BBC, "I am now everlastingly grateful to Intel for freeing me from this terrible association with the worst software on the planet. These are not my words, but the words of millions of irate users."
Last June, after escaping from Belize—where he was wanted for questioning in the investigation of a neighbor's murder—McAfee launched a mocking video addressing the frustrations of customers who have tried in vain to remove McAfee software from their computers. If you haven't seen it, here it is (warning, not safe for work due to sex and drugs).
So what is John McAfee up to now?
Last he told me, he'd moved to Canada after a falling-out with his landlord in Portland, Ore. This Wednesday night he will appear with radio talk show host George Noory on Gaiam TV.
Noory, most famous for hosting an overnight radio show specializing in tales of the abnormal and extraterrestrials, hosts a Web program on Gaiam called "Beyond Belief." McAfee's segment has been titled, "The Secret Cyberwar."
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"While many of us may be struggling to keep up with technological advancements, others are strongly motivated to keep up with these changes," states the Gaiam promo for the interview. "Some are contriving new ways to compromise your security and privacy while others are determined to stop these unwarranted cyber attacks."