Antivirus solutions can be your first line of defense against hackers who seek to steal your sensitive data. These tools are able to block various malware attacks including ransomware Trojans and spyware. But even the most effective antivirus software won’t protect you against cyber-attacks and needs to be used in conjunction with other security tools such as firewalls, intrusion-detection systems, strong passwords and multifactor authentication to provide comprehensive security.

To decide what type of antivirus software is best for you, start by looking at the software’s detection rate. These numbers will tell you how many files, applications and other objects are identified and prevented from gaining access to your system. Also, look for heuristic detection capabilities. This type of analysis looks for suspicious computer behavior and can detect malware that is not normally detected. However, this feature should be tuned with care to avoid „alert fatigue“ and excessive security alerts that may distract users from their work.

Another aspect to consider is additional security features that antivirus software could provide. Some of these features include a VPN service, identity theft protection and password managers, as well as parental controls. This can help you protect employees and customers while maintaining compliance and avoiding debilitating penalties for data breaches.

Hackers are interested in your business regardless of its size or small. Cybercriminals are searching for massive caches of consumer information or are seeking to establish themselves through hacktivism (disrupting professional systems for social or political reasons). Whatever the reason, you must implement security measures and anti-virus software is a great starting point.