What does Anti-malware software actually do?

As technology advances, integrating itself into almost every aspect of our lives- we become more accustom to providing personal and sensitive information to machines, websites, apps and emails when they request it. However, as technology evolves so do those out there trying to exploit it for there own personal gain. Therefore, it’s so important for businesses to ensure they have anti-malware software installed in their organisation. Because another place people are accustomed to sharing personal, sensitive information is with businesses providing a service where they are required to do so.  Small, medium and larger businesses are all being hit with new and innovative threats every day and the impact can be critical. Take the time to learn a little bit more about how anti-malware can protect your business.

Why anti-malware? What’s the difference between anti-virus and anti-malware?

Anti-virus and anti-malware are two of the most common types of security software, but while they may sound like they do the same job, they’re actually slightly different. Anti-virus software offers general-purpose protection for your device, guarding it against a variety of known pre-existing exploits and viruses. Anti-malware, on the other hand, is a more specialised layer of defence specifically designed to fight ransomware, Trojans and other emerging threats. While many organisations have anti-virus, not many have additional anti-malware software.

How does anti-malware protect small businesses?

Malware (short for ‘malicious software’) is a broad umbrella term for any software designed to harm you or your machine. These programs are installed without the consent or knowledge of users and can cause several unpleasant effects, such as crippling computer performance, mining your system for personal data, erasing or encrypting data (ransomware) or even adversely affecting the operation of computer-controlled hardware.

Common errors businesses make

Don’t assume your current generic anti-virus package is offering the protection you need, do some research and make sure you are sufficiently protected from new and evolving threats.

So, if we were to summarise it- anti-virus is Robin and anti-malware is Batman. Separately, they do an alright job. But, you really need the duo to fight off those more “creative” threats. If you want to learn a little more about anti-malware and other security measures your business can take, then check out the National Cyber Security Centre’s video collection on Cybersecurity. If you would like some professional advice on the best way to protect your business, call us today. Our team are highly experienced in anti-malware and will provide advice and support to suit your business.

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