How to Choose the Best Antivirus for a Business Environment?

Antivirus

Major portion of today’s business operations are handled online and business owners know that much of their success depends on their computer operations. Therefore, it’s critical that small and large business organizations find the most suitable antivirus software to ensure their data is properly protected. Even though the Internet can be of great help in today’s business operations, it can also turn out to be a source of great risks.

However, for someone who has very little or no experience in this field, choosing the right antivirus can be a challenging task. One of this first things that small business owners usually turn to a free antivirus packages. Even though this sounds like a reasonable decision, there are several things you need to be aware of.
In case you decide to go for a free antivirus, you will have to manually install each copy, as well as train every user how to properly manage the software. On the other hand, you will be in charge if something goes wrong, which can easily happen if a user turns off particular functions. This is why it’s recommendable to find an IT consulting company in order to find the best solution.

Lyntech’s Recommendation

In our 20 years of experience, Lyntech managed to help numerous small and large business organizations to streamline their operations and cut costs by utilizing proper software tools. For some companies, this can be a cloud app implementation, while other companies require more complex server solutions. What is in common for all of our clients is their essential need to protect their sensitive data.

Lyntech recommends an antivirus tool called Webroot (SecureAnywhere AntiVirus). This is an affordable solution, perfect for small business owners, which manages to outperform most of the competition while remaining insubstantial in size and light on resources.

Webroot Antivirus

The Webroot’s installer is very small, just 750kb. Even after installation, it will take a bit over one megabyte on disk. In comparison, McAfee Antivirus takes about 300mb, while Kaspersky takes close to 800mb. What is even more important is how light this antivirus is on resources, which is the number one complaint when it comes to the competition. You now must be wondering how did the Webroot managed to do this?

The main reason why Webroot is so light is that it doesn’t store a local database of malware signatures, but instead uses its cloud service to identify malware. This application has a bit different approach to how it scans malware and decides if a file is malicious.
Webroot monitors those potentially dangerous apps and everything they do, including network and Internet activity. However, if the application starts to behave out of the ordinary, Webroot will use the stored information to roll back all the local changes made by the malware. This is actually an ingenious way to deal with those pesky and very dangerous malicious files.

Malicious URL Blocking

When it comes to business organizations, it is essential to utilize antivirus packages that block malicious URLs. As you surely know, numerous spam messages can appear in your inbox, which usually leads to malicious URLs that can harm your computer.
This antivirus is able of successfully detecting malicious URLs and prevents your Internet browser of choice from visiting those websites and downloading files. Even if a file starts downloading automatically, Webroot will delete it.
This goes hand-in-hand with the application’s cloud support, where all the needed files used to detect viruses and malware in general, aren’t stored on your computer. This means there’s no need to constantly update signatures and keep track whether your antivirus is updated.
When it comes to comparison with other popular antivirus applications, it’s best to take a look at independent tests. By looking at a couple of independent tests, it could be seen how many URLs were blocked and how many potentially dangerous files were deleted.
Out of 100 malicious URLs, Webroot managed to block the browser from visiting 43 percent and wiped out additional 30 percent, which means that is has 73 percent success rate. This is actually one of the best scores and ahead of popular brands like Norton and McAfee. Interestingly enough, the first place currently goes to Avast Antivirus, but Webroot still seems like a better option when we take the pricing in consideration.

Identity Protection

Another highly important aspect to any antivirus that is used in a business environment is how safely it keeps your sensitive and private information. Perhaps the most vulnerable information are your banking accounts and credit cards.
By looking at Webroot’s Identity Protection page, it can be seen that it offers several ways to safeguard your private data. For example, it protects against browser attacks, not just limited to man-in-the-middle or man-in-the-browser attacks. In other words, a man-in-the-middle attack is an attack where the attacker plays a role in the communication between two parties, while a man-in-the-browser attack takes advantage of vulnerabilities in browser security.
When it comes to identity protection, the biggest advantage over the competition like McAfee, Norton, and Kaspersky is a comprehensive monitoring of your activity and detection of personal information. Webroot can be used on a smartphone and handheld devices as well, which means that identity protection coverage extends to email and SMS protocols. In case you opt for the most comprehensive coverage, this antivirus application can also eliminate traces of online activity and provide you with 25GB of secure online storage, available from various devices.

Speed and Performance

Since Webroot is deployed from the cloud, it works differently than antivirus software like McAfee, Norton, or Kaspersky – which are installed locally.
The first indication of how fast an antivirus runs can be seen while you’re opening the application. The faster the app loads, the faster it will run. Webroot only needs around 5 seconds to be up and running, which is 38 times faster than the competitor average. For comparison, Norton takes around 60 seconds, while Kaspersky takes around 90 seconds to be fully functional.
In a similar manner, it is important to know how much RAM memory an antivirus needs. You’ve probably heard a lot of troubling information about antiviruses and how they slow computers down. Interestingly enough, Webroot takes only about 4mb of RAM, which is 11 times less computer memory than the closest competitor. The second place goes to Norton (51mb), and right after there’s Kaspersky (86mb). For example, McAfee takes close to 200mb, which is why we can’t recommend it.

Compatibility

It also important to check whether an antivirus is compatible with your computer network, since some businesses run in Windows- while others can run in OS X-based environment.
The Webroot is compatible with any platform and operating system, where the pricing isn’t affected by which operating system you use. As we said in the previous segment, this antivirus can be installed on your smartphones as well, which is not a small advantage. For the price of one package, you can include a number of your personal devices and computers, which is usually a premium option with the competition.
When it comes to computers, Webroot can be installed on Windows XP and later, while Macs can run it if they’re powered by Mac OS X Lion (10.7.3). Android phone users should have at least 2.2 version of Android, while Webroot requires iOS 8.0 on Apple’s handheld devices. As you can see, you don’t have to run the newest operating system to take full advantage of this antivirus.

Additional Questions?

In case you have additional questions reading antivirus protection, Lyntech will be more than happy to assist you.
You can contact us via our Contact page, and we’ll make sure to respond in a timely manner.

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