How Important is it to use Antivirus on my computer?
Let’s dive into these questions further.
There are some brands we would stay away from and some we would recommend. In addition to this, the Antivirus we deal with is business grade. This means that we can manage it from a cloud portal, is a lightweight installation and does not have annoying pop ups that will intrude into your workday. We can also stop your employees from disabling it to run a “tool” they found on a random internet page. This is something we have seen happen in businesses and it can leave your computer vulnerable.
There are some Antivirus Companies out there that seem to be only interested in selling you their next level of Antivirus. Furthermore, over our years of experience, we have found that some Antiviruses are better than others at detecting malware. For this reason, we only favour particular brands and will discriminate between them. Fewer virus problems for you also means fewer virus problems for us, so it’s win / win!
Is the free version good enough?
My opinion is that you get what you pay for. The free versions are missing certain features, and paid versions are updated sooner. On the flip side, you don’t always need all the bells and whistles that come with the more expensive versions.
We find that there is a sweet spot somewhere in the middle. Paying for Antivirus is advised if you want updates every hour. Attacks can be over in a day, so it’s important to be protected from as early as possible. We at QCNS can evaluate your needs and will suggest accordingly.
Is there an Antivirus that is 100% safe?
You may be surprised to find that the answer is no. Zero hour attacks are the riskiest, that is a new virus that is less than an hour old. The internet can work very fast, and there is a huge race to keep up with the latest attack vectors and malware. Most Antivirus companies are aware and can pick up a virus signature in about an hour, then they scramble to send out a patch. Having hourly updates assists with avoiding zero-hour attacks.
So which is the best Antivirus?
It depends on your needs. Requirements can be different for businesses with less than 5 users compared to a larger team. We use our experience to judge and recommend the best Antivirus for your situation.
Also don’t underestimate your role in Antivirus protection.
Use your common sense and
– Don’t click on that link that seems too good to be true
– If you don’t know the sender, ignore it
Ultimately if your computer gets infected, chances are you opened the virus in the first place. As the adage goes, the best cure is a prevention. BE VIGILANT!
In our opinion, Antivirus is a must for every user. Give us a call or send us a message and we can recommend an Antivirus that is best suited to your business’s needs.