Every business, large and small, needs antivirus software.
Antivirus programs pick up threats before they become a hack. They ensure robust network security. And they keep cybercriminals at arm’s length — which is increasingly important as hackers see small businesses as easy prey when it comes to stealing sensitive customer information…
…including login credentials, addresses, and financial details.
Moreover, antivirus software stops hackers from using ransomware to worm their way into your computer systems, locking them down before demanding a small fortune to let you back in.
But why are small businesses a target? Because they often lack the security (like firewalls and real-time threat detectors) to deter attacks. So, we’ve compiled our five favorite antivirus solutions that are both affordable and easy-to-use — helping you keep your small business ultra-secure.
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Price: from $45/year
SentinelOne is our recommended choice when it comes to antivirus software for small businesses. It not only has one of the strongest support teams out there, but it also boasts one of the widest ranges of antivirus protection on the market.
SentinelOne keeps businesses safe from malware, ransomware, first-day exploits, and live or insider threats. Better still, it lets users instantly mitigate the effects of any cyberattack, so you can restore your system in seconds — making you more-or-less immune to new and existing cyber-threats.
Finally, its use of machine learning and intelligent automation keeps your network secure from threats before they ever materialize by spotting code that ‘looks odd’ and ring-fencing the potential vulnerability.
2. McAfee Total Protection
Price: from $34.99/year
McAfee Total Protection is a favorite antivirus solution among smaller businesses. Why? It offers a comprehensive suite of security products at a modest price. McAfee Total Protection includes antivirus as standard, a built-in firewall, and a password manager. Plus, a VPN (virtual private network) protects you online.
Better still, it uses smart technologies (like machine learning) to continuously search your network for malicious code. This feature means your antivirus software can pick up new threats on-the-fly as it’s clever enough to spot any code that simply ‘looks odd’ — which lets you contain any threat by blocking certain actions.
3. BitDefender GravityZone Business Security
Price: from $77.69/year (free trial available)
BitDefender GravityZone Business Security is more expensive than McAfee. But it comes with a free trial, so you can test it out to see if the premium price is worth paying. It’s a sophisticated solution, keeping you safe from everything from malware to phishing emails, ransomware, even zero-day exploits (which is when a cyber-attack happens on the same day a vulnerability is detected).
You can also grant and deny access to applications, which gives you a level of control over who — or what — can access your network: think of it like a parental control that can limit who looks at what when at work.
Similar to McAfee, BitDefender GravityZone uses machine learning to monitor your network in search of possible security threats. The benefit of these systems is they’re cloud-based: they share their findings across systems so that everyone’s network knows when to look for a similar threat — which means a quicker response to emerging threats, no waiting around for a patch or an update.
4. Norton Small Business
Price: from $99.99/year for up to 5 devices
Norton Small Business is a step up from Standard. It covers malware and ransomware threats as standard. Plus, it extends the service to stop zero-day exploits. Cybercriminals work tirelessly to exploit emerging vulnerabilities before service providers release a patch. This feature can be a godsend for vulnerable small businesses.
You can take confidence from the fact the software uses the same protection engine that safeguards Fortune 500 companies: even if a business is just blooming, your antivirus software is up there with the best. Moreover, you can add features as you go, meaning you only pay for what you need.
While extra employees can sign up in an instant by following a few basic instructions. And when it comes to managing devices, the cloud-based service makes life a breeze, even if you’re managing a distributed team.
5. Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus
Price: from $45.59/year (free trial available)
Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus offers a powerful cloud-based solution. The system collects information from 400 million endpoints that it analyzes to identify threats before they emerge. In practice, this gives you a headstart on cybercriminals to stop them from exploiting a weakness in any system.
Avast recommends businesses with four devices or less use this setup. If your needs are a little larger, Avast offers a solution connected to its Cloud Management Console that works for five devices or more.
Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus protects against viruses, malware, and ransomware, with a firewall and VPN offering another layer of protection when browsing. A Behavior Shield, Web Shield, and Email Shield protect against multiple forms of phishing — this includes if someone’s trying to access your webcam without permission.
An added bonus: Software Defender keeps your apps up-to-date (which is crucial in the fight against malware). While Data Shredder permanently deletes files, you know you don’t want.
Keep your business secure with the right antivirus solution. Chat to Mid-coast Tech on 207-223-7594 to see which one best suits your business.