When it comes to business, security and antivirus software is essential to protecting a company’s servers and computers. This software detects, blocks and removes viruses, spyware and malware (malicious software including ransomware) before it can do any damage.

Security software helps protect business computers and network by examining files and data for anything that may look suspicious. Most security packages will:

  • Monitor your computer’s network and internet connection, in case malicious software or hackers are trying to connect to your system.
  • Check files as they enter your network, usually by scanning email attachments and downloaded files.
  • Periodically scan all the data on your computer, in case any undetected malware is lurking there.

Do I need security software for my Mac?

Apple Macs have suffered fewer security problems than Windows computers. However, as Apple’s market share has grown, the number of threats have grown. You should still run security software on your Mac. It will reduce the risk of unsuspecting viruses hopping onto contacts that have Windows computers.

How do they spread?

Viruses and malware can spread in numerous ways like infected websites, emails and files sent to your business. Security and anti-virus software identify these threats by comparing files on your computer to the electronic ‘signatures’ of known viruses. Although security software dramatically reduces the chance of your business suffering a virus infection, it’s not dependable. Most packages only protect reliably against known threats.

By this, it can take more than just security and anti-virus software to stay safe. It won’t stop thieves making off with your server, a deceitful employee stealing your company database, or a fire damaging your IT equipment. You will need a robust security plan, IT policies, good staff training and a backup system to guard against data loss and theft.