As Intel Security brings its McAfee software-as-a-service products to end-of-life, it naturally raises questions among the partner community, especially those who originally signed on with MX Logic and stayed on through the acquisitions.

What does this mean? Intel Security plans to discontinue McAfee SaaS products. Partners will need to find new solutions and go through the entire deployment and provisioning process again if they want their customers to have an endpoint and email security.

When will it go into effect? Intel Security will cease selling McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection and SaaS Mail Protection and Archiving in January 2016. The majority of subscriptions and support will end in 2017. mcafee intel security cancel A few subscriptions will still be supported through 2021, but only a limited amount.

What about customers who are facing compliance issues? Your clients may be legally required to archive emails. Make sure you understand when end-of-life is for your subscription. Emails will be archived up to the expiration date of the SaaS subscription for SaaS Archiving. However, no new emails will be archived once the subscription expires. Customers will have only six months to transfer their old emails to their new platform. Any emails not moved by that time will be permanently deleted.

What should I expect? Partners should keep these key points in mind while they wait for a permanent solution. Consider the time required to learn new technology, user interfaces (internal and customer training included), how pricing models will change, and what support you'll need. It appears that McAfee subscriptions are still valid until January 2017. This gives you ample time to plan your course of action.

Next steps SaaS continues to be a popular delivery method for email and archive, despite Intel Security's departure. SaaS solutions continue to be in high demand because of their cost-savings, scalability, and accessibility. They also offer security updates and continuity. Ask yourself: "Who am I looking to partner with?" Consider these things before you choose your next solution provider.

Stability: Take a look around the market and all the players. What is the average age of solution providers? Is their security-focused? Ask their partners what they think about them. Talk to your partner references. Support: Do you have access to live customer support, perhaps by employees of the company? Complimentary Services: Are you able to grow with the vendor Are they able to offer solutions that compliment your existing portfolio or address customer needs? The vendor's commitment to the channel: Do they offer competitive pricing, good margins, and friendly terms? Is the vendor committed to your success?

McAfee's pop-ups are common for antivirus software. McAfee displays all kinds of pop-ups and protects your device against malware, spyware, or other malicious files. It alerts users via pop-up notifications when it detects a threat.

You will see alerts in the lower right corner of your computer when there are security incidents. This warning provides information about events and guidelines for dealing with security issues.

It is possible to tweak the settings, but it might not be enough.

Prompts from Active Shield

Active Shield popups can be disabled by disabling all security warnings from McAfee Security Centre. SecurityCenter can't delete pop-ups that are tied to your subscription. McAfee still uses Windows Notification to send its pop-ups. You can, however, modify the Windows notification settings to hide McAfee alerts. You can't disable alerts because they are an integral part of McAfee's defense system. You can control which alert type appears. For example, you can hide informative alerts and set up alert actions.

Windows OS allows you to control notifications by changing the Notifications or Actions screen. You can choose to turn off all notifications or just a few apps.