Protect your data: 5 Things to Consider Before Choosing an Antivirus

Posted on May 24, 2019 by Nikhil P Naik

Every computer or a laptop needs to be secured as it protects the privacy of the user and prevents identity theft. By choosing a secured program to protect your laptop, you are also adding a layer of protection against hackers.

Every individual who uses a computer, a laptop, a smartphone, or a tablet needs to be aware of antivirus programs and firewall programs. Users can use these programs together to provide the needed protection to their computer against malicious files. Antivirus software is designed to protect the computer from threats, damage, and illegitimate activities.

With several antivirus programs available online, it gets important to choose a reliable one. Mentioned below are a few things you need to consider when buying antivirus software.  

Factors to consider before choosing antivirus software

Download Protection – Most of us use our laptops to browse the internet and in the process, download a good number of files. The files that users download from unknown websites or emails can contain malicious elements which can damage your computer. Hence, you need to choose antivirus software that automatically scans the files before they are downloaded to the hard drive of your laptop.

For example, Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac is a reliable antivirus software that scans incoming and outgoing email attachments for any threats. Never opt for an unknown or cheap antivirus software and especially do not download an unknown free antivirus software program online as it can lead to the theft of your information.

The Price – Many users often look for antivirus software that is available for a low cost. Though the price is a major factor to consider, you also need to compare the features and the protection provided before making the purchase. Choose the software that is available at a good price and has all the features to keep your laptop secure.

You might also want to have a look at the payment terms. This is important as a few have a one-time fee whereas others need a monthly or yearly renewal.

Spyware Scans – The best antivirus software not only provides the user with protection against viruses but also keeps malware or spyware at bay. Spywares and malware are like sidekicks to various viruses, and they can cause more damage than you can ever imagine. Using antivirus that scans the laptop for such malicious files is important to protect your data.

The software needs to scan incoming messages as a number of issues arise due to spam emails. A reliable antivirus program alerts you when there is a spam email. The programs can be set to run in the background, or you can schedule a scan at a specific time every day.

The Speed – users also need to pay attention to the speed. Well, in simple terms, the antivirus software you use should be able to scan your laptop quick. This is ideal for users who do not want to spend a lot of time on their laptop and like to finish the work fast. Programs like Bitdefender offer fast and quick scans that are effective and save time.

You might as well prefer to choose software that has a free trial. This way, you can check how fast the scan is performed and also have a quick view of other available features.

Compatibility – One of the factors you need to check before choosing antivirus software is its compatibility with the operating system you are using.  Windows users need to pay attention to the version they are using and choose the antivirus program accordingly.

Conclusion

Viruses can pose serious threats to the safety of the user’s information that is contained in laptops, desktops, and mobile devices. Using updated and efficient antivirus software prevents them from falling victim to cybercriminals. Consider the points mentioned above before you choose an antivirus software.

About Nikhil P Naik

Nikhil Naik has a Master's Degree in Information Systems, and is currently working as a Software Engineer at Nielsen. He also loves playing cricket, listening to music and travelling. Twitter Handle - @buzz_nikhil.

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