Your Free Antivirus Won’t Cut It

A universal truth of modern business security is the vital role that an antivirus package plays. An antivirus suite keeps track of all current and past threats to your network security and prevents them from taking root in your local environment.  This is a monumental task that costs millions of dollars in research, and the hard truth is that your average free antivirus option is not going to protect you or your business in the way needed. Threats like WannaCry become a serious headache from data loss, but in the grand scheme of things, that is often the least of your concerns. Liability is the chief concern.

What Antivirus Software Does & Does Not Do

The tech space has seen a rapid evolution over the past decade, and antivirus development is no different. But, so to have hackers.  Antivirus programs have risen to the challenge of this generations cleverer hackers, and many solutions have gone beyond blocking Trojans, worms, and other harmful lines of code. In fact, larger and paid solutions such as Webroot offer a whole suite of protections designed to safeguard your business’s most valuable asset; it’s data. Do bear in mind though that not all antivirus programs are created equally; it is important to ensure you are getting the best coverage.

How Your Network Becomes Compromised

Recent industry surveys have revealed that the number one approach hackers use to infiltrate your network revolves around having the unexpecting user download “malware” on their device using pop-ups, emails or other methods. This “malware” executes and runs in the background, usually undetected. They can be used to send every press of your keyboard, including passwords and credit card numbers to nefarious individuals the world over. These programs can also be used to install the dreaded “ransomware,” such as the recent WannaCry attach on your device; sometimes they will even use your network infrastructure to send copies of the malware and/or ransomware to other networks to which you connect your devices.

How Can You Protect Yourself?

Below are several steps you can take to reduce the risk to your business or home network.

  • Be sure that your IT partner is providing current and effective protection against ransomware, rootkits, viruses, and malware, such as Webroot and Malwarebytes Premium. The free antivirus you got off the internet is no longer enough!
  • Have an IT professional check your firewall, even if you are only using Windows Firewall. A disabled firewall or one that has been incorrectly configured creates a Chucky Cheese environment for a hacker.
  • Run a seminar or provide documentation that covers the basic steps of internet security to your staff. If data security is a top-level concern, such as in a Doctor or Law office, disabling downloading on your network may be worthwhile. Social Media as well as peer to peer file sharing sites are another prime candidate for hackers and may warrant being disabled as well.
  • It is imperative that both Windows and third-party patches are applied on a regular basis. Better yet, work with an IT provider that will automatically ensure this is regularly completed and will also test patches to ensure they don’t cause software issues.
  • The best way to ensure your business and home networks are secure is to work with an IT provider such as Innovative Tech that stays current on internet security trends and protocols

It is a reality that if you store data on network devices, eventually a hacker will be interested in accessing it. Sadly, that free antivirus you added to your computer will no longer offer the protection needed, they simply can’t keep up with the research and development needed to stop the latest threats. Innovative Tech can make sure your network and devices are protected using a combination of best of breed antivirus and antimalware as well as proper patch management. Contact us today at [email protected] or at 1-888-245-9926.

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