In the 21st century we have a mixture of different IoT technologies interconnected to mobile devices and managed by default by different PCs or servers. The diversification of devices and the push for new software that is light on resources and in the same time supports interconnectivity usually results in many bugs and exploits being discovered for operating systems such as Windows 10 and Microsoft Office, for example. And this is one of the reasons it is important to know what types of threats are out there and how to protect yourself from such.
What Are Today’s Threats and What Protection Is Required
Today’s malicious threats endangering users are very diversified. However, we can split the threats and their danger level based on the type of users who are out there.
The Home User
The home user basically is very well aware of the privacy issues and the threats of the 21st century and despite this does not take into consideration the importance of backups and does not use anything more than a USB flash drive for data protection. Usually regular users use e-mails on a heavy basis and the inexperienced segment of those users often click on URLs or open malicious attachments. Before implementing any security solution against those type of threats, it is very important to know how to protect oneself from malicious e-mails. To learn how to protect yourself from such, we recommend you to see the related article below:
The Business User
These are the types of users who invest in their security, meaning that they are looking for any type of solution with advanced maintenance and high privacy. These users often utilize advanced anti-malware protection software and combine it with anonymizers, such as custom proxies, VPN services and multiple layers of protection on a network level of their enterprise devices. Usually those users also have the support of network or system administrators. These users often favor biometric protection and a high-end encryption service, denying any access from prying eyes. Usually the weaknesses here are also not few, primarily because in this situation the attacks are targeted against the organization. So we have multiple different risk factors related to this targeted attacks – inside people, drunk employee who said something that shouldn’t be revealed and other risks.
Regarding antivirus protection, there are multiple different programs that can help the average home user, but since average users do not like to pay for antivirus solutions, we advise using some of the many free antivirus programs out there. We have tested the best antivirus programs that are completely free of charge against some of the most notorious malwares out there and in brief you can find some of the results of our research in the table below:
As visible, most programs have a decent detection rate, however the most remarkable ones were Avast’s product as well as Avira, when we consider speed of scanning and features added as well. You can check the full research paper on this web link.
In addition to the free protection, for Windows 10 specifically, Windows Defender also offers quite a decent built-in protection demanding for money and in addition to this the software is also very light as well.
The virus may receive an overall low scores of threat detection, meaning that it’s detection ration is approximately 94.5%(Source AV-Comparatives real world protection tests) of all the threats.
Which Antivirus Is the Best?
Basically when we talk about Windows 10, many reports and sources have compared all of the antivirus tools and only one offers a very decent protection which is one step ahead of the competition and this is Kaspersky Antivirus:
The primary purpose why this specific software is one of the best out there is due to the fact that it’s real time protection is advanced ant the detection rates classifies it as the highest one in comparison to the competition.
Is Antivirus Enough?
Usually, only one program for the protection of the computer’s privacy as well as data in it is not always enough. This is why another approach which you can take advantage of is to use an advanced anti-malware program in combination with the antivirus software. Such anti-malware programs usually scan for behavior of specific malware as well as PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) on the computer and have a very decent malware protection. One example is SpyHunter, which is light on resources and has customer support for when the worst happens.
The protection of your files is also very important, because no matter how protected your PC is, it can always be damaged one way or another. So if you are looking for a system to protect your files, there are multiple solutions to help you with this. We have posted a survey in which the results on how users tend to protect their data are the following:
If you want to learn more on how to safely store your data and develop a system for data protection, please visit our related article on the matter: