As the internet reaches more countries, states, and cities, security-related issues too are on the rise. An increase in the number of threats and complexity surrounding threats implies users require to safeguard their data through anti-virus and related products.
Threats range from hackers, viruses, bots, spy-ware to malware, phishing, and others. So, the question that arises is that can a plain anti-virus deliver the desired protection and which one?
The market has moved beyond plain anti-virus, reflecting in the offerings of vendors in the consumer security space, be in Symantec, McAfee, or Kaspersky. They have realized that given the complex nature of threats, the end userâ€™s security requirements have gone beyond the remote PCâ€™s protection. They now include aspects about the internet, which is the primary source of all malicious content.
Well, there are a host of offerings from vendors. There are heavyweights in Symantecâ€™s Norton and McAfee, while few others have joined the race recently in Quick Heal, Kaspersky, K7, and BitDefender with low-cost offerings. We at WittySparks thought of providing a small snapshot of the home user security by covering vendors, their products, and related details, which would help viewers arrive at the best alternative.
Hereâ€™s an overview snapshot of consumer security products available online as well in retail outlets:
|Antivirus||Internet Security||Total Protection|
|Symantec||Norton Antivirus 2010||Norton Internet Security 2010||Norton 360|
|McAfee||McAfee Virus Scan Plus 2009||McAfee Internet Security 2009||McAfee Total Protection 2009|
|Kaspersky||Kaspersky Antivirus||Kaspersky Internet Security|
|QuickHeal||Quick Heal Antivirus||Quick Heal Internet Security||Quick Heal Total Security|
|BitDefender||BitDefender Antivirus 2010||BitDefender Internet Security 2010||BitDefender Total Security 2010|
|K7||K7 Total Security|
|G-Data||G Data Antivirus 2010||G Data InternetSecurity 2010||G Data TotalCare 2010|
|Panda||Antivirus Pro 2010||Internet Security 2010||Global Protection 2010|
There are three basic categories, as can be seen from the above table, into which offerings of vendors fall into (a) Anti-virus (b) Internet Security (c) Total Protection.
Plain anti-virus provides basic protection and would be suited for remote desktop users. However, with growing complexity and threat levels arising out of the internet’s increasing reach, plain anti-virus might fall short of the desired protection.
Internet security offerings from vendors come with some more features that cater to threats coming from the web. Total Security offerings are a mix of both internet security features and standalone products that cover security from an all-around perspective.
In the next post, we would look at each vendorâ€™s offering, the pros and cons, the number of user licenses to help you arrive at the right product from a plethora of choices. So, watch this spaceâ€¦