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There are a ton of fantastic free programs and applications available online today. If you know where to look, there is a solution for just about any problem – technical or otherwise – that won’t cost you a penny. Most of the time, these programs and apps are perfectly safe and come from a reputable source. Many of them are more than capable of providing a service that is comparable to a program that you would normally need to pay good money for. At least, as long as your expectations are kept in check.
But when it comes to your business, there certain things that are just too important to trust to a free or trial version of a program – even a name brand one. The best example of this is your antivirus software. A free or trial version of a big name antivirus will offer bare-bones protection to any device its installed on. Bare-bones protection is questionable on a home computer, but on your business’ laptops and PCs? It’s a disaster waiting to happen.
Antivirus and antimalware software can be a tad pricey, but with the rate at which businesses are being targeted by cyber attacks, what you really can’t afford is to not take every available precaution. Enterprise-grade antivirus software is engineered to detect and neutralize the kinds of advanced virus and malware infections that are being levelled at business by hackers intent on stealing your valuable data and wreaking havoc on your operations.
Most generic, free-to-use versions of even high-end antivirus programs are only capable of detecting generic, run-of-the-mill infections. They can catch small threats that might cause issues on a single computer, but can’t protect your network from something like ransomware. And it’s not the generic, run-of-the-mill infections your business needs to be afraid of.