If there is one piece of software everyone has installed on their computers and laptops, it’s antivirus. Yes, it’s usually the only security software protecting our files and information from hackers and cyber criminals. Although malware and vulnerability management software should be just as important, we rely far too heavily on antivirus. But in today’s age of advanced hacking, is antivirus still relevant?
The recent high profile Flame and Stuxnet outbreaks has showed hackers are getting cleverer and slicker when it comes to devising attacks. They are creating files that won’t get detected by antivirus; knowing most computer users have it as their only form of security.
Another reason why antivirus fails to detect a virus is an out of date database. With so many new viruses being created every day, users must frequently update to make sure it can identify new threats.
What most computer users don’t realise is that keeping your software up to date is important too. Hackers can find vulnerabilities in software which act as gateways to your PC. Using vulnerability management software can help ensure you keep track of updates across all of your software.
Antivirus still has a critical part to play in the fight against hackers, but it can’t do the job alone. Computer security has to be multi-layered. There is not one single piece of software which can prevent all viruses and intrusions. Instead, having many different types of computer security software such as vulnerability management will decrease the chance of infection.
Do you think antivirus is still useful? How do you keep hackers out?