Posted on : 01-12-2011 | By : Skylar Ethan | In : Antivirus Software
We live in a world full of choices It seems like we constantly have to make decisions about what products to buy based on which brands are most dependable. Because of the abundance of information on the Internet, it may seem daunting to make the right decision about which antivirus software is right for your personal and professional life. One of the biggest dividers in terms of software is whether to go for the paid option over the free versions. Here are a few reasons why your business may consider purchasing your antivirus protection as opposed to using a free version.
You’ll often find the interface and navigation to be similar on a company’s free and paid software but you’ll also notice that the free versions will include a lot more ads to cover their costs. They will also include numerous pp ups and attempts to entice you to upgrade to the paid version, with a lot of these ads, they can just be annoying enough to force you to make the switch from free to paid,
Level of support
There are four different stages of antivirus protection available; free ones, paid ones, suites, and “premium” suites. As you work your way up from the free ones, you’ll notice you start to receive more features. One of the main things businesses struggle with is the lack of technical support. If you have problems with your protection and you are using software you pay for, you are usually provided with a phone number you can call for support. With the free versions, you will probably end up spending a lot more calling for advice from local support companies than you would actually purchasing the software yourself in the first place.
The free software that is easily available does the job for basic users and smaller networks but if you are writing a business plan for a new start up and you’re considering what software to use, people tend attempt to manage risk by adopting a paid, or suite option as they offer more than your basic level of protection. Your employees will most likely be working with all your data and you’ll want this to stay as secure as possible.
So when 3 considering what protection to use for your computers, remember that free versions are excellent and do a great job at protecting your data but the more you work your way up through the different types, the more features you receive such as protection from identity theft, firewalls, and system performance tools.