The one anti-virus to rule them all

This is Two Minute Tech Tips, I’m your host Lester Steward. In this series we are discussing Business cybersecurity and what you need to know to protect your business.

Anti-virus applications are everywhere, so how do you identify what will work for your company? You can do a search online to find “The Best Anti-virus” application and get about a million top 10 articles with varying reasons why a certain application manufacturer is better than most but, in the end it always comes down to performance and price.

Now with an anti-virus application like most things in life, you get what you pay for. There are many okay free anti-virus applications out there but purchasing one is a much better option. The price is most likely going to be an annual cost to maintain the license which ensures you stay up to date on the latest threats. For a business with multiple PCs, it’s recommended to look for a volume licensing feature. This will allow you to potentially pay a lower cost and have more control over adding and subtracting licenses.

Performance is measured in how quickly the application can scan files for threats and not affect the operations on the PC or server. The best anti-virus works quietly in the background, and you never need to see it. Having a Managed Service Provider to deploy and configure the application to be silent and alert the MSP is a great way to minimize anyone in the business from tampering with the settings or trying to fix the issue themselves.

For North Tech Group we have had the most success with an application and service called ESET, but your MSP may have a different preference or you yourself have had a great experience with a certain product. Those are factors to consider as well. As always, please don’t become complacent with the services that your business uses to protect your PCs and servers. Be asking if something would work better for your business.

If you need any information on this subject, please let North Tech Group know by visiting our website

On the next episode I’ll be discussing remote working and how to stay secure.

Thanks for joining me, Lester Steward for your Two Minute Tech Tips, helping you keep safe in your cybersecurity world.

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