Years ago, call centres and other BPO industries dread the thought of PCs getting infected with viruses, which is something that was expected to happen one time or another. With all the protection loaded into newer software, it is easy to dismiss this problem and think of it as non-existent.

Unfortunately, using antivirus software is still advisable for companies, even in 2019. This applies not just to call centres and BPOs. There are still heartless entities out there who will always create malicious programs in order to steal data or just stir trouble online.

Here are some of the reasons why you still need to invest in antivirus software for your business:

You need to watch out for stuff other than viruses

Actually, referring to this type of software as “antivirus” is already a dated practice. Nasty viruses that wipe out personal data are not the only stuff that we should be worried about. You also have to guard your system against “malware” that can penetrate your PC quietly and stay undetected for long periods of time.

You can always use extra protection for Windows 10

By itself, Windows 10 is already beefed up with tools that will keep your PC safe – the Windows Firewall and Windows Defender. These are already integrated into your OS, so no need to worry about occupying more space than it should. These tools are also updated frequently with new data definition while shielding it from new potential threats.

While these tools are already powerful enough, trouble can still happen and threats can still break through and refused to be removed by the usual remedies. This is where the Windows Defender Offline comes in. It’s easy to run from a USB drive and you can operate this without the need to go online.

Going online is always a risk

No matter how careful you are in visiting and downloading from reputable sites, there is still the constant possibility of falling victim to more powerful viruses and malware, which can be easily spread online.

Paul Wagenseil, Senior Editor of Security and Privacy of Tom’s Guide explained it best in his 2017 article:

“Windows 10 may be the most secure operating system I’ve ever used, and Microsoft Edge the most secure browser, but researchers and online criminals alike keep finding new ways to attack them.”

“But you know who else is smarter? People who look for security flaws. Windows 10 may be the most secure operating system I’ve ever used, and Microsoft Edge the most secure browser, but researchers and online criminals alike keep finding new ways to attack them.”

He also explained the vulnerability of today’s more powerful browsers.

“But so much bad stuff still gets through browsers, especially via exploit kits that bombard browsers with one attack after another, or through malicious banner ads that secretly drop malware into your computer. Antivirus software does a good job at stopping such stuff.”

What about Macs, which are supposedly impenetrable?

“Macs rarely get attacked, but that’s because few people try to attack it. Macs live in a nice neighborhood while Windows machines live in a war zone. Still, half a dozen new examples of Mac malware were found [in 2016], and experts expect that number to grow in 2017.”

Of course, antivirus software will not solve all your security problems. But having the right protection for your PC will still greatly reduce threats from coming in. Let We Manage IT help you in making your system as safe as possible from threats. Send us an email at sales@wemanageit.com.ph and we will be glad to assist you.