Computer Security? Do I need it? And should I have to pay for it?
The main question is really what computers are you protecting. If you are wondering about security for your office / business computer then the answer is yes, you must get a proper secure layered security system setup. relying on a Free antivirus these days for your business could be disastrous. We help on a multi layered security system for your business speak to us, we can ensure your IT is compliant and safe.
If your asking about security for your home computer then read on.
I get asked about computer security programs all the time, and whether they are necessary. My answer is always a most definite yes. However, with the range of free alternatives to paid products increasing, you are probably wondering whether you should pay for it. You can get free Antivirus, Anti-Malware, Anti-Spam, Firewalls, Anti-Spyware and many variants which will save you money and provide protection. So the question is, with all these products freely available on the market is there any real benefit from paying for security software and investing in a dedicated security package.
I cannot give you a definitive answer to whether you should purchase one of these products as everyone uses their computer in a different way.
Many free security products will be just as good at stopping known threats as the best performing dedicated security packages, but here is the problem, KNOWN threats. What a free product does is keep you safe from what it knows about at a basic level and very well, but it doesn’t have the features which could help detect unknown threats infecting your computer. Free products also omit some key features and important technologies which could otherwise keep you safe when online. Dedicated security packages have advanced behavioural protection and firewalls and rootkit monitoring. This means that it monitors your computer for changes to files which should not be changed, or deleted etc… and puts a stop to it.
I recently read that a free antivirus package was essentially yesterday’s technology and would only detect about 90% of known viruses. This is clear when you look at the developers of these free packages as they also have paid for products which offer all of the advanced features that you should use, such as behavioral scanning to help stop Crypto Virus. Why would they make a free product as good as their paid product??
In essence then back to the main question, Should I pay for it? Why wouldn’t you? With prices starting from £35 + VAT for 3 computers for a whole year directly from your local IT Computer Repair Company JMV Solutions, can you afford not to. Would you trust a free locksmith to fit your locks??