Why Antivirus Software Isn’t Dead
Have you become disillusioned with antivirus software for your business?
You may have installed costly software before and still been infected by a virus. Or you may just be fed up with annoying update-notifications, scheduled scans and slow down from memory sapping anti virus software.
Don’t fall into this trap
The notion that just because anti-virus software can’t catch 100% of threats means its not worth having is ludicrous. PCs without up to date antivirus software are 5.5 times more likely to become infected.
You might be a savvy enough PC user to know which parts of the web to avoid, and which emails to send straight to the trash, but do all of your employees? A virus getting onto a computer connected to your shared network can be catastrophic. Viruses are sophisticated. Some are created purely to cause disruption, whilst others are after card and bank details. Autumn 2013 saw the outbreak of some new ransomware known as the Cryptolocker Virus. This virus, once it has installed itself on your PC or network, will lock you out of all your files with an unbreakable level of encryption. It then demands payment in return for the decryption key.
Some business owners see antivirus software as a non-essential cost. Then there’s also the previously mentioned complications such as slow-down of PCs, annoying pop-ups and scheduled scans, and compatibility issues with other programs. However, all of these commonly encountered headaches can be eliminated with the right antivirus solution.
A managed antivirus solution can easily fit into your existing IT infrastructure, and run by your IT department or outsourced IT Support Company.
- Updates are automatically installed in the background so that systems remain up to date and protected against the latest viruses.
- Systems are scanned remotely outside core business hours, so there is no negative impact to the user. Any conflicts with existing programs can be solved by experts, and the user will of course never see any pop-ups or notifications relating to anti-virus software.
Anti-virus software does cost money, and due to the constantly changing nature of cyber threats, it can’t be 100% effective. However, it does give you far greater protection than braving the world of cyber-threats alone.
You wouldn’t walk onto a battlefield without protection because it can’t guarantee that a bullet won’t kill you. The cost of a virus getting onto your system could be enough kill your business, and for that reason anti-virus software is priceless.
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