Free antivirus: the best of both worlds right? Full protection; zero cost.
Not quite; free antivirus programs are missing vital aspects of protection you need.
If your computer doesn't host any information you are too concerned about losing, and if you’re on a tight budget, free programs can deliver limited protection when used alongside cautious online behaviour. But, even if you don’t care about your data, remember that malwares that bypass your free software could also track your card transactions and online bank logins.
At the end of the day there’s a reason free antivirus is free. Businesses want you to upgrade to their premium model, so they won’t give you the full product for nothing.
Free antivirus programs are the bare minimum of protection. If you have no protection, download one of these recommended free apps. But, know that they won’t deliver the level of protection any discerning consumer needs, and they certainly won’t serve to protect your business.
Plus, we doubt you’ll be thrilled by the constant pop-ups most free antivirus software use to ask you to upgrade to the full version.
Personal PCs: Only at your own risk.
Work PCs: Never – full stop.
At Pensar, we use, recommend and supply the ESET product range as part of our business continuity service. It's a great solution, and although it may not be free, it offers premium protection at an affordable price for both home and business.