Month: May 2018

Categories: Software, Technology

Most people think Mac computers are safer among other brands of devices. However, malware and other viruses are evolving and getting stronger as times go by. So what do you do to protect your device from a virus? That is by getting an anti-virus!

Most Mac users rely on Apple’s security, which genuinely shows great performance. The creator of Mac has built anti-malware protection into macOS. If you are a Mac user, before opening a file, Mac will check it against a list of malware. However, you can’t open a file even if there is no reason for concern if an application from a developer hasn’t already approved.

 

So Do I need an Anti-virus for my Mac?

This question has been in long debate on many forums because many users including Business Insider claim that Macs are more secure than Windows PCs. Security features in the Apple OS make it difficult for cybercriminals however, there are ever evolving exploits on the internet such as Trojans & ransomeware requiring Mac users to install anti-virus software to remove unwanted bugs.

Mac devices can get viruses as well. The latest virus is a new variant of adware that is infecting Macs via a fake Adobe Flash Player installer. A Mac security software Intego identified it as the OSX/Shlayer Malware, while Malwarebytes named it as Crossrider.

So the question whether you need to install anti-virus software on a Mac or not, is all up to you. There’s nothing wrong with adding security software to ensure your device is protected.

ESET
The first picture that pops in your head when you heard ESET is its blue-eyed cyborg mascot. This brand is popular not because of its mascot, but it is one of the first choices of Mac users because it gets excellent scores from the independent testing labs, and includes a few useful bonus features.

Just like other software, it offers 30-trial, premium version, and its latest version. Its premium includes tons of features, while its basic version has only a few features.

Pros:

-Easiest software to install and use.
-ESET NOD32 Antivirus functions as a protector of your Windows computer from malware such as viruses, Trojans, worms, spyware, and rootkits.
-It recognizes ransomware quickly
-It is good at differentiating between benign and harmful threats
-It doesn’t typically flag legitimate files as threats.

Cons:

-Some tests found out that it uses a lot of computer resources while running.
-Slows down desktop/laptop if run at the same time as processor-intensive programs. However we have not found this to be the case in our testing. Horizontech Computer Specialists recommend this software on any device.

Avast Free Mac Security

Avast is another well-known security software. It boasts great features for Mac, which include:

*Real-Time Protection
*Full Mac Scan
*Custom Scan
*Security Reports
*Total Malware Detection
*Removable Drive Scan
*Scheduled Scan
*Real-Time Security Updates

Pros
-Avira Antivirus Pro
-It has a gamer mode. It can automatically kick in while you’re playing games online.
-Low resource usage
-Fast full system Scan
-Offers 30-day money back guarantee

Cons

-Live chat is not available
-Outdated user interface
-Several scanning details are hard to find

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac

Pros

-Can find and destroy both Mac and Windows malware with near-perfect accuracy.
-Provides on-access protection from viruses and other malware
-East to use anti-virus program
-Compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP
-64-bit versions are available

Cons
-The software creates a little lag on your computer,
while running virus scans.
-It can only be used at home, no business use offer
-No custom scanning options

Symantec Norton Security Deluxe

This software got good scores from Malware Protection labs. Although it is expensive, a wide variety of security tools, including firewall protection, parental controls, and antivirus scanning.

Pros
-Firewall tools
-Provides Web browsing protection
-Parental controls
-Antivirus scanning
-Password protection for files
-Location-aware security.

Cons
-Expensive
-No Chrome support

Sophos Home for Mac

Pros
-Certified by one independent lab.
-Can detect all Windows malware in hands-on test.
-It has good phishing protection feature
-Provides remote management.
-Simple parental control.
-Offers free trial

Cons
-Its protection and performance Scored 4.5 out of 6 by some lab tests.

Don’t know which brand of anti-virus to pick? Ask one of our expert technicians at Horizontech for advice on what best fits your needs. Message or call us anytime!

Categories: Technology

Due to the numerous activities happening in our computer system, it is difficult to figure out if it has been infected by virus. That’s why we are using security software or anti-virus software. But, with the tons of security software brands available, how can you specify which software you need, and which brand will satisfy your needs?

In our previous report, we discussed how scammers used malware to obtain access on their victims devices. Some online fraudsters use spear phishing, where they send malicious links to individual, organization or business to steal data for malicious purposes. Once the user click the link, a type of malware will be installed. In order to prevent data breaching and other system related problems, it is advisable to install a security software, anti-virus, and malware removal software.

Anti-virus vs Anti-malware

You’re not alone! Many people are confused with the differences of anti-virus and anti-malware programs. Obviously, both words differ in spelling. What makes you confuse is, both programs can scan for spyware, adware, and other threats. So even you are willing to purchase security software, you hesitate because you don’t know which among the programs to choose.

If we talked about malware, it includes viruses, spyware, adware, nagware, trojans, worms, and more. This term is too broad to describe all sorts of unwanted or malicious code. Usually, brands that introduce themselves as “anti-virus” software focus on trendy malware because every year, there can be one or two malware will be born. Meanwhile, viruses are a specific type of malware, which are designed to replicate and spread.

Since malware attack is usually in the headline, no wonder many people think their anti-malware tool also protects them from viruses, even when it doesn’t, and vice-versa. There are tons of security software available out there. In order to find out which security program suits your need, let’s discuss the popular tools, its features and cons.

Avast! Free Antivirus

Pros:

Compatible with several platforms
Avast is one of the easiest tools to get. It is compatible with Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10. It is also compatible with Windows Vista and XP SP3 and as well with Mac computer (it must be running OSX) and even with Android device.
Passed several tests
Avast Free Antivirus 2017 has passed through several lab tests. Most results show great performance of the anti-virus. Some individuals and non-laboratory organizations agree with the positive results of Avast as they also conducted hands-on tests.
Offers great features
Avast Free Antivirus 2017 comes with additional security-related features such as a password manager, a Game Mode, Behavior Analysis technology, and behavior customization. These features are usually found in paid antivirus programs.
Zero cost
Avast Free Antivirus 2017 is completely free. If you want to enjoy more features, you may choose to upgrade to the paid version.

Cons of Avast! Free Anti-virus:

Limited password manager features
Since it is free, expect there are limitations. Avast’s password manager doesn’t have all the features that its paid antivirus programs have. There’s no multi-factor authentication and password reset.
Low anti-phishing score
Although lab tests show Avast Free Antivirus 2017 has excellent antivirus protection, however, it’s not that great when it comes to anti-phishing.
Complicated data sharing opt-out
Most of us don’t want our data to be shared with others, even with Avast. However, Avast’s settings is complicated. It is difficult to know when your data are being shared with the company.
You’ll need to take a few minutes to disable this feature.

Bitdefender

Pros:

It can find and destroy malware with near-perfect precision.
Provides on-access protection from viruses and other malware
One of the easiest anti-virus programs to use.
Compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP
Virus definitions are updated regularly
64-bit versions are available

Cons of Bitdefender

It can only be used at home. It doesn’t offer business use
No custom scanning options

Kaspersky

Pros:

It has a virtual keyboard to protect against keyloggers.

Cons

Password management isn’t included with Internet Security, but it is available with the higher-priced Total Security software.

McAfee

Pros:

The yearly subscription comes with unlimited licenses, which means users can protect all devices, including cell phones and tablets.
Experts find McAFee as robust antivirus
It has a spam filter with high efficiency
Provides excellent Parental Controls
It has a firewall
Web protection dubbed as Siteadvisor or Webadvisor can detect phishing sites or malware-infected websites.

Cons:

McAfee doesn’t detect as many malware threats as other antivirus programs.
Compatible with Windows 7, 8 and 10.
It doesn’t burden computer resources while scanning.

Norton

Pros:

It detects and removes viruses without slowing down the computer.
Installation is quick and easy.

Cons:

It tends to tag legitimate sites as possible internet threats.
Fewer new features

ESET

Pros:

Easiest to install and use.
ESET NOD32 Antivirus functions as a protector your Windows computer from malware such as viruses, Trojans, worms, spyware, and rootkits.
It recognizes ransomware
ESET is good at differentiating between benign and harmful threats
It doesn’t typically flag legitimate files as threats.

Cons:

Some tests found out that it uses a lot of computer resources while running.
Slows down desktop/laptop if run at the same time as processor-intensive programs.
Provide more internet security but less in antivirus protection.

The latest ESET antivirus is ESET NOD32 Antivirus 11. Its goal to protect your device against malicious attacks such as viruses, rootkits, malware, ransomware, and phishing. ESET created an endpoint security system that comes armed with the right tools to keep the devices safe. If you want to purchase this antivirus software, don’t hesitate to contact Horizontech Computer Specialists. We can provide solutions for corporations, government, small business and home users.