Everyone tells you that you need it, but which one?
Classic cybersecurity advice always includes a plea to “install antivirus” or “use endpoint protection software.” Journalists, bloggers and even governments spread this information, as if it helps them. Most platforms, including Microsoft Windows and Apple macOS, include antivirus, so the question becomes “which antivirus?” »
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Judicious but not detailed advice
The UK’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) provides mature and detailed advice, but stops short of helping readers determine which products might be most suitable. The only time it tries to help in this regard ends with a bizarre suggestion that you might prefer a product that implements the Anti-Malware Scanning Interface (AMSI). This feature is only relevant if you are developing security software yourself.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in the United States provides advice on stopping ransomware. At the bottom of the list, including useful items such as “update and fix” and “protect your personal information”, is the instruction “to install anti-virus software, firewalls and email filters “. Nowhere does such an organization help you choose which one is best or most suitable for your organization.
What antivirus advice?
When you search for “best business antivirus” or, worse, “best home antivirus,” you’ll see millions of links to better or lesser-known magazine websites and slightly dodgy dealer blogs. Some of the more respectable tech websites publish sensible, unbiased reviews and that’s where you start to get somewhere: opinions on interfaces and pricing. But how effective are these products?
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*** This is a syndicated blog from the SE Labs Blog Security Bloggers Network written by the SE Labs team. Read the original post at: https://blog.selabs.uk/2022/08/which-anti-virus/