|Trends are converging in scary ways: Anti-virus scanning tools are not what they use to be, yet everyone's taking their work on the road.|
Just like with the digital democratization -- and devaluation -- of music, print and movie content, the software that scans for bad software is itself under intense value pressure. Major software firms such as Symantec ( SYMC), Trend Micro and others continue to add services to hold on to margins. There was plenty of new backup, storage and complex Web security tools here. But the fact also is the core software that scans for malware and viruses is now free online. Want to write some malicious code? Just keep writing away until that code passes these free online test tools, and your world-conquering evil program will do just that.