The True Cost of Using Free Antivirus

There are lots of valuable free offerings out there for us all to enjoy on a daily basis – free maps, voice calls, emails, navigation, social media, and much more – but should you be trusting your business’s digital security to a free antivirus solution?

Free and low-cost security solutions may look like they are saving your business money, however, you may be putting risk in place that could result in the complete opposite outcome. Taking a proactive approach to cybersecurity will give your business the best chance possible for thwarting attacks and ensuring assets are protected.

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With the current economy, it’s very easy to cut costs, one of which might be your cybersecurity. However, let’s take a look at the risk of doing so and how it can affect your business.

The true cost of a cyberattack without proper defences can be devastating. When a cyberattack hits, unprepared small businesses may be dealing with overwhelming financial repercussions as well as hits to their reputation, pricing structure, productivity, employee morale, and much more.

The Features You Could Miss Out on From a Free Security Provider

Free security solutions will often only protect you up to a certain point. It can be a stressful experience if you were to experience an attack, as there are often no technical contacts with free security solutions leaving you, as a business owner, having to give up valuable time to look into this quickly. With a paid solution, such as ESET, you will have constant access to a UK helpline as well as our resources to help fix what has happened and restore your data.

Furthermore, you may experience a lot of false positives with free security programmes. This is simply because you are not paying for a solution that constantly updates itself, and does not have the technical ability to fully understand what is a virus and what isn’t.

Whilst free solutions have the key benefit of not costing your business any money, it is a risk that could cost a lot of stress, time, and money in the long run.

Choosing The Right Solution for You

Ideally, you want to find the right balance so that you’re fully protected but not throwing money out the window on needless security features. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution that works for all individuals and companies, it’s important you have a tailored solution that is suited to your exact needs.

If you would like to talk about the right security solution for you, please get in touch today and we will be happy to help.

 

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