Do you need local antivirus?

We have posted on this blog before that you should not be paying for local antivirus if you are using Kibosh to protect your network. You don’t need to. Because in addition to our propriatary pronogrpahy filtering, Kibosh delivers Enteprise grade Malware, Phishing, Torrent and illegal proxy blocking.

Having worked as Network Engineer for over 20 years, I believe that the only way to really protect your devices these days is with a service like Kibosh,or OpenDNS which blocks access to the bad stuff before you access it. Local antivirus starts working after you’ve accessed the bad stuff. And don’t get me started about the useless ‘web filter’ option these antivirus companies have started offering. I’ve yet to see one that blocked any bad content, but they do proxy all of your data, including HTTPS, through their servers. I’m surprised there hasn’t been a lawsuit yet.

Also, why are many antivirus suites free? How can anyone build a successful business giving away free antivirus, or anything else for that matter? I’m not sure, but i don’t think it can be done. So, they are making money somehow. Maybe selling information about you like AVG does?

An antivirus app has complete access to your operating system – deep level kernal access, and if this antivirus app is compromised in any way your basically toast. How would you ever know? You wouldn’t unless you detected some odd behaviors on your computer.

Anyway, the world is catching on to the downside of using local antivirus:

If you are running Windows use Security Essentials (XP, 7) or Windows Defender (8, 10, +). If your running Linux or OSX you probably don’t need local antivirus.

Bottom line, with Kibosh on the job you don’t need to pay for an antivirus product.

Be wise. Be safe.

Scott

 

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