Antivirus solutions can be a first line of defense against hackers that want to steal your personal information. They can block many types of malware attacks, including ransomware, Trojans, spyware and more. But even the most powerful antivirus software won’t protect you against cyber-attacks and needs to be paired with other security tools such firewalls, intrusion detection systems, strong passwords, and multifactor authentication to offer complete security.
Start by comparing the detection rates of each antivirus software. These numbers tell you the amount of files, applications and other objects are detected and blocked from gaining access to your system. Also be sure to look for heuristic detection capabilities. This type of analysis searches for suspicious computer behavior and may detect malware that was not previously detected. This feature needs to be carefully tuned to stay clear of “alert overload” and excessive security alerts that could distract workers from their primary tasks.
In addition to the security features, antivirus software also offers. Some of these features include a VPN service, identity theft protection and password managers as well as parental controls. This can help your company protect customers and employees while maintaining compliance and avoid costly penalties for data breaches.
Whether your business is large or small you are the target of hackers. Cybercriminals are searching for massive amounts of consumer data or attempting to establish themselves through hacktivism (disrupting professional systems for political or social reasons). Anti-virus software is an excellent starting point.