As mentioned before, there are a lot of antivirus options out there and choosing the right one can be tricky (unless you give us a call, wink-wink). Knowing everything about malware and antiviruses isn’t something you should waste your precious time on, as you have you and your business on a day-to-day basis.
So, although taking care of your business data protection and security is a job for an IT service provider, we came up with a list of 10 useful points you should know about antimalware programs, as we believe it will help you gain a better understanding of the matter and help you and your 1. There Isn’t an Antivirus Software That’s 100% Effective
– Antivirus vendors are trying to stay ahead, but new malware is coming out fast, so they can't tackle each one right away. Important is to know your antivirus capabilities and recognize areas where you'll need to get reinforcement.
2. Features Vary Between Different Antivirus Software Options
– Different vendors offer slightly different features, so antivirus programs can be classified into three categories non-resident (least resource intensive, least effective, you'll need to scan files manually), resident (moderate resource intensive, scans all your files, reasonable protection) and internet security (high resource intensive, but also the best protection as it considers all inbound and outbound traffic).
3. Antivirus Protection Slows Down the Device Speed
– Since speed is crucial for most businesses, you'll need to choose your AV protection carefully. It's important to find the right balance between protection and slowing down your computer, as you won't be able to get anything done if the program is interfering with your computer speed too much.
4. Antivirus Programs May Mistakenly Block a Safe File
- The problem that you might experience with even the best AV is that it's too aggressive, it blocks shared folders, access to files, etc. The proper configuration is the key here.
5. Two Antiviruses on the Same Device is Bad
- Running more than one antivirus program on a solitary device can cause issues, as the two applications will presumably hinder each other’s work.
6. Don't Trust All Antivirus Reviews
– Don't trust all kinds of different test labs as there are too many of them, and they're mostly not objective. Gain knowledge from independent labs about the AV quality. 2 major ones are AV Comparatives (based in Austria) & AV-Test (based in Germany).
7. Personal and Business Security Software is Not the Same
- There are some pretty good free AV options out there, but they are only good enough for personal (home) device protection. Always go with the paid options for protecting your business data, as the paid options provide superior security.
8. You Won't Always Get Notified When Your Computer is Infected
– It is estimated that about one-third of computers around the globe are infected with malware, and most of the people don't have a clue about it. You'll need to perform regular scans to catch the infection.
9. Viruses Can Attack All Devices
– Don't live under the illusion that only Windows systems are compromised. Malware software is developing rapidly, and it is a threat to all operating systems.
10. Tiny Businesses Don't Really Need Endpoint Protection
– Businesses with up to 5 computers don't really need Endpoint protection. For more than 10 workstations, Endpoint security and IT administrator would be a reasonable choice.