Is it Worth it to Invest in Anti-Virus and Malware Protection?

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You may be surprised to hear it, but many businesses still struggle with viruses and malware. A lot of focus has recently been shifted over to cyber crime, particularly because of the development of the cloud. But the reality is that many businesses still haven’t secured their equipment to protect against viruses that have been around for years.

Of course, you’d be hard-pressed to find a business that has absolutely no anti-virus or malware protection. The problem isn’t that they’re not aware of such issues, but rather that they’re not thorough in protecting against them.

An example of this is running an anti-virus scanner during work hours. This may sound like a good idea since employees will be there to take care of any detected viruses. But what really happens? Employees are disrupted by the scanner and just turn it off. A recent Tech Advisory article explains how this happens:

“These days, it is essential that you have anti-virus, malware, and spyware scanners installed on all machines and devices in your company and that you take the time to configure these properly. It could be that scans are scheduled during business hours, or they just aren’t updated. If you install these solutions onto your systems, and they start to scan during work time, most employees will just turn the scanner off thus leaving systems wide-open.”

So even if you have anti-virus software installed, you’ll want to make sure that it’s configured right. In addition, try to run the scanners at a time when employees aren’t at the computer. This way there’s no one there to cancel the scan.

This is an easy step that businesses can take to avoid a common problem. After all, they say that you’re supposed to work smarter, not harder.

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