While the above incidents are unique in that the malware used to compromise customers’ card data had little to no detection rating from anti virus programs, these stories nonetheless underscore the importance of having malware protection installed on systems and kept up-to-date.
Looking at the options available at local retailers can leave quite a few users scratching their heads at all the choices and jargon: signature testing, polymorphic code detection, heuristic scanning, and other flashy terms intended to help resale a product. So, how does one choose the best? Glad you asked.
The answer really boils down to personal preference (and, if your out shopping at a retail store, what the sales guy can talk you into buying). There are plenty of sites and services out there that provide AV tests to guide readers along the decision tree, including AV-Comparatives, AV-Test, Dennis Technology Labs, Virus Bulletin, and others. But one thing to look at is the exact product being tested and what products are not tested. Several of the listed test sites only test Internet Security type programs (think of these as the mid-range products when comparing cost). Others only test a small number of programs, while others don’t test some products at all (Symantec chooses not to participate in some tests).
And, of course, your computer service provider can help with these tough decisions. We at A2Z Computer Services recommend Symantec products to our customers: Norton Anti Virus for residential users and businesses with a few computers (2-4), Symantec Endpoint Protection for larger businesses customers (especially those with a server). Plus, some online resources offer suggestions for readers on their choice of protection.
So take your time and possibly do a little research before your make the move to purchase your next anti virus product as it might help you a bit in the long run. Or, just contact us so you can buy a new copy of Norton 2014 to get you protected right away.