Unless you’ve been living off the grid, you probably have a few devices (tablets, phones, computers, etc…) that keep you plugged in to your work, family, friends and any of the myriad of interests you follow over the course of your day-to-day. The desire to have all that information at your fingertips is one that is very difficult to ignore. All that exposure can (and almost certainly will) lead to a time you clicked left, when you should have clicked right, and then the erratic and/or non-responsive behavior begins. As you glare in frustration at your precious (and often costly) technical companion, you realize with pending dread it may be infected and you have no idea what happened or what you could have done differently.
Like with most things, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Most devices can and should have active anti-virus protection options. These may include live scanning and the ability to perform maintenance in the background as you browse with content, blissfully unaware of the malice that exists right behind that ad to “click here and win a free TV!!!” While there are a plethora of paid solutions that have stood tried and true as the guardian to your device’s delicate infrastructure, there are also solid, no-cost options that can do the job. The downside to them being, they may not include all of the bells and whistles their paid counterparts do, or may nag you from time to time to consider upgrading to a paid variant of their solution.
If you are a home user we definitely recommend working with 3rd party tools to help in the war against malware infection. There are many applications out there, all with varying degrees of effectiveness. One solid way to get started is to visit AV-Test and take a look at the rankings. This does change as updates will move some programs up and down the list, but it’s a good independent resource. It has options to check across the various Windows platforms, as well as Mac and mobile devices.
If you prefer not to visit AV-Test, solid options for the home user include Avast, AVG, and Panda. All have standard features under their free umbrella, but it’s a good idea to take a look at the details and see what may fit best for you. Avast and AVG also have Android options, so that makes them a little more enticing from a compatibility perspective. Macs used to have an image that they were invincible in this department, but that is no longer the case. Thankfully, free packages from Avast and Avira can help provide a good starting point for protecting your Mac.
From a business perspective, there are solutions out there to help guard your employees against these malicious intrusions (and sometimes, against accidents that can and do happen). We’ve enjoyed great success with our own full scale implementation of cloud anti-virus. Most importantly, we simply can’t stress the need to have a solid, always active line of defense for your environment. Please contact The TNS Group or work with your current provider to determine the solution that is best for you.