Social Commerce’s greatest strength is also its Achilles Heel! The social contacts and connections that can make your business or service successful can also be your downfall if you don’t take steps to protect yourself and them from viruses and malware.
By using S Commerce to empower your business or services you expose yourself daily to a thriving network of customers, goods and service providers and unfortunately, hackers and conmen looking to prey upon the unwary. The best way to protect yourself, your contacts, clients and affiliates is to educate yourself to the threats out there and invest in some security measures such as a strong firewall and some strong antivirus protection software for your computer.
How To Choose The Antivirus Software That’s Right For You
Depending upon the platform you are using–Mac OSX or Windows PC there are choices you can make as to the level of protection that’s available to you. Both Apple and Microsoft have their own default security: MacOSX Security Controls and Windows Security Center are the default security programs included in every copy of OSX and Windows. While adequate, it’s important to remember that both of these programs won’t stop a determined hacker or malware programmer from gaining access to your computer.
Best Antivirus Software Of 2011
Depending on your browsing habits, budget and involvement in S-Commerce there are a number of reliable and affordable programs that you can use to protect your computer, network and social commerce connections from viruses and malware. They fall into three categories of free or demo software and software for purchase and by platform. What follows are some of the best choices as rated by the experts.
Free Antivirus Software
Avira AntiVir Personal Edition is a good choice if you are looking for protection against virus, spyware and rootkit threats. Unfortunately, AntiVir doesn’t scan the web or your e-mails but,this is available in the paid version.
Avast! Free Antivirus is an excellent choice, the antivirus detection rates are amongst the best and you also get web, e-mail, IM, P2P and network shields, boot-time scanning and other features that can only be found in top of the line antivirus software for purchase.
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is a decent free antivirus program, it offers an excellent level of protection but scan speeds are very slow.
Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition is free antivirus software that offers business-grade protection. This is the same antivirus software as their best commercial product minus the extra features.
Intego VirusBarrier — Mac Antivirus Software. Intego focuses only on Mac security, their commercial software is some of the best.
PC Tools iAntivirus is a Mac only antivirus software solution. It’s weak in reporting on and eliminating Windows viruses and malware.
Commercial Antivirus Software
McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2011 has some very compelling features that make it one of the best antivirus software programs around.
Norton AntiVirus 2011 is the software on which most standards were set. Despite some performance issues Norton has many great features and remains an industry standard.
Avast! Pro Antivirus 6 the Pro software package has all the features of their free software with better performance and security.
Intego VirusBarrier X6 is a good Mac antivirus program in scope, strength, security and ease of use.
McAfee Internet Security for Mac is a good, solid antivirus software solution.
Norton AntiVirus for Mac 11 one of the best antivirus programs and a long-time industry leader.
Avast! Mac Edition 3 is a good antivirus solution but not outstanding. Offers good protection to the casual user.