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23rd July 2013
Are you still using a free anti-virus solution for your business in 2013?

Value your data? Place some value on your anti-virus solution!

Switch2IT reveals why using a free anti-virus solution for your business might be a big mistake…

Here are some IT security measures suggested by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to help you keep the risk of malware, spyware and data fraud to a minimum:

  • Install a firewall and virus-checking on all of your computer systems.
  • Make sure that your operating system is set up to receive automatic updates.
  • Protect your computer by downloading the latest patches or security updates, which should cover vulnerabilities.
  • Consider installing an anti-spyware tool. Spyware is the generic name given to programs that are designed to secretly monitor your activities on your computer. Spyware can be nwittingly installed within other file and program downloads, and their use is often malicious. They can capture passwords, banking credentials and credit card details, then relay them back to fraudsters. Anti-spyware helps to monitor and protect your computer from spyware threats, and it is often free to use and update.

This is excellent advice from the ICO but are the free solutions that are so easily available on the market really enough to protect your business?

Safeguarding computers against malware used to be relatively simple. When viruses only spread from computer to computer relying on your free anti-virus software, which only required monthly updates, was all that was required.

Today, your computer is exposed to more complex, vicious viruses that are developing at phenomenal rates and can be easily and unknowingly downloaded via the internet. This means that the virus solution software that you use needs to be up-to-date and up-to-scratch.

Did you realise that malware code can now be written in such a way that it looks just like a business database application? This even managed to dupe the Chief Security Officer of Finnish anti-virus software vendor F-Secure, who wrote:

“The truth is, consumer-grade anti-virus products can’t protect against targeted malware created by well-resourced nation-states with bulging budgets. They can protect you against run-of-the-mill malware: banking trojans, keystroke loggers and email worms. But targeted attacks like these go to great lengths to avoid anti-virus products on purpose. And the zero-day exploits used in these attacks are unknown to anti-virus companies by definition.

Some attacks remain undiscovered for years and effective anti-virus software cannot be created until after a virus is detected and exposed, usually on a hackers’ forum or IT security blog. For those who value their businesses and respect the data privacy responsibilities that come with that, relying on free anti-virus solutions is no longer enough.

Get in touch with Switch2IT for a free anti-virus, firewall and patch management quote, which you can compare against your existing solution. Our virus solution software is not expensive but it is effective and it is one of the basic defences that you need for your business’ IT security, especially if compliance with Data Protection is one of your major concerns.

Call us on 0800 0833416 today, the phone call and quote will cost you nothing at all but putting your IT security in the hands of an inefficient free anti-virus solution could cost you your business…

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