Anti-Virus protection is critical for every computer

Even if you do nothing else but the very minimum protecting your data and security is part of the ABC of running a computer system that no one should skip on.

Perhaps it goes without saying that Anti-Virus protection is absolutely vital to every organization’s IT infrastructure, in fact it is increasingly paramount as new viruses and malicious software are added to the technological landscape all the time. With a plethora of options available; the best protection is available via paid subscription services, it has become quite affordable to protect your computers. If you were to calculate the cost of down time, employees unable to produce that you are paying their wages while systems are down you quickly realize the risk of being unprotected against attacks could be detrimental to your environment and reputation; making this decision one of the easiest you’ll make today.

“WHEN YOUR COMPUTER BECOMES INFECTED, REGARDLESS OF THE REASON OR HOW IT GOT THERE, IT IS YOUR BUSINESS, YOUR REPUTATION, AND YOUR DATA THAT ARE AT VERY HIGH RISK.”

DAMAGES CAUSED BY VIRUS AND MALWARE

When you are lucky, some viruses may be more annoying than harmful, such as political or humorous messages displayed on your screen. On the flip side, virus, ransomware and malware can cause irreparable harm to your network. These include:

  • Filling up hard drive disk space, which can stop your computer from functioning
  • Eating up most CPU time and slowing your computer to a halt
  • Stealing private information
  • Encrypting or corrupting data
  • Spamming your e-mail contacts, which is very common
  • Logging keystrokes on infected computer
  • Obtaining passwords and other private information

MOTIVES FOR CREATING VIRUSES

There are a many reasons that people create viruses that can infect your computer and cause damage or annoyance. Regardless of what motivated the creator of the virus, if it ends up on your computer it is your business, your reputation and your data that is in great danger. Some of the most common reasons are:

  • Monetizing with stolen credit card or banking information
  • Making a political message
  • Personal virus writer scene credits
  • Expose operating system or software vulnerabilities
  • Inflict damage to a company
  • Render a web site out of service by Denial of service
  • Learning experience

TWO SIMPLE WAYS TO IMPLEMENT PROPER ANTI-VIRUS PROTECTION

There are simple ways to installing and implementing anti-virus software to protect your network. These depend largely on the amount of computers you have in your environment, servers that connect your workstations, and the staff available to maintain updates and administrative tasks related to your security.

“THERE ARE SIMPLE WAYS TO INSTALL AND IMPLEMENT CRITICAL ANTI VIRUS SOFTWARE TO PROTECT YOUR NETWORK. CALL MIR TODAY AND YOU CAN CONSIDER THIS IMPORTANT ITEM ON YOUR TO DO LIST, DONE.”

Standalone Standard Anti-Virus

This solution in the context of centralized vs. standalone anti-virus software involves installing software individually to multiple computers, which are each individually required to update and monitor to protect against the latest viruses. In companies with only a few computers, this solution makes sense to implement. Specifically, if there are no servers at your location to manage your anti-virus, which furthers this as a viable solution. The important aspect here is that regardless of the size of your organization or the amount of technology you utilize, you should have protection against viruses and malicious software on every Windows, Mac and smartphone.

Centralized Network Anti-Virus

Centralized management of your anti-virus solution is the most efficient way to protect your system that MIR recommends.  If you use a server, or have 5 or more computers, this allows for you to automatically run and monitor updates from one machine, allow for administrative tasks to be taken care of for everyone at once and gives the responsibility of protecting your systems to an IT professional.

MIR offers free consultations and quotes for your technology needs. If you do not have an anti-virus, call 818-300-0411 or click now to find out how we can secure your systems.