Why do you still need anti-spam and anti-virus protection?

By February 11, 2019 February 18th, 2019 Security

It’s 2019. Do you really need to pay for anti-spam and anti-virus software for your company? Is there still a pressing need for these? And can you make do with free versions?

We’ll cut to the chase with the answers: Yes, anti-spam and anti-virus solutions are still mandatory as basic security for any organization or business. And while you may go with free security products, you will get much better results with professional paid versions that receive timely updates to protect you from new and emerging threats.

Professional, business-grade anti-spam and anti-virus software is still a worthy investment. It’s a necessary foundation for your organization’s overall IT and cybersecurity defense.

So what are some benefits and features of anti-spam and anti-virus that make them valuable? Why do you still need them?

Anti-Spam Is More Necessary to Protect EMail Than Ever

Have you noticed how you never receive fewer emails over time, just more and more? Email isn’t going away. It will only become increasingly popular as an advertising method. Email is also business communication standard. You can’t function without email… but now we generate so much, it’s hard to stem the tide or find the ones you need in an inbox crammed with advertising, marketing, and phish-y requests.

Perhaps nothing is more irritating than logging into your email in the morning and finding that the legitimate and important emails you need to see are being drowned out by a flood of annoying, unwanted, and potentially harmful spam. Wading through spam emails yourself to determine what’s important and what can be discarded is simply a bad waste of your valuable time – and it presents a security risk.

Ultimately, this leads to your inbox being both a great waste of time and potentially dangerous. Anti-spam is the solution here, to catch spam and other unwanted email before it even appears in your inbox. It will also let through email from those senders that you do need to see.

What does anti-spam do?

An anti-spam solution helps to secure your email by preventing malicious or unwanted emails from appearing at all. If you can’t see it, you don’t have to worry about dealing with it, and you don’t have to worry about clicking on a bad link that might infect you with a virus or malware. In addition, anti-spam software will save you a lot of time by helping to keep your inbox in good shape for you.

So what do you get with an anti-spam solution? You gain increased productivity, better email management, and even a lower risk of falling victim to a phishing attack.

Anti-virus saves time and reduces security risks

So that’s anti-spam protection, but why is anti-virus still around? This may be one of the oldest cybersecurity measures, protecting your computer from becoming infected with viruses, spyware, and more, when you’re installing software or surfing the web.

One of the best benefits of anti-virus is that it can prevent you from making a mistake – a potentially expensive or dangerous mistake. It blocks potential threats so that you don’t have to deal with them and make a decision. So not only is this a time-saver, it’s essential for users who may not be very knowledgeable about IT or cybersecurity hazards. Let the software catch many of the bad actors and threats for you.

(We’re not saying, however, that anti-spam and anti-virus products are 100% accurate and catch all potential threats. That is far from the truth. Thus why we encourage every organization to have multiple layers of security, including firewalls and employee education, to lower your security risk as much as possible.)

Still Necessary, After All This Time

Even if it seems like anti-spam and anti-virus solutions should be outdated, the truth is they are still very relevant protections because security threats are still here and still very real. You can never be too careful, especially with cyberattacks becoming increasingly common and threats emerging and evolving so rapidly.


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