Is Managed Anti-Virus Worth The Extra Money
Let’s face it, boxed Anti-Virus Software is cheap! You can get it for anywhere from Free to $50.00 a year and for multiple devices. Whereas Managed Anti-Virus is pricey, starting around $15.00 to $25.00 a month! Wow, that is a major price difference! What could possibly make Managed Anti-Virus worth that much money? How could anyone justify the additional cost?
In the rest of this article, I will explain the differences between Boxed Software and Managed Anti-Virus. After you have been shown the differences, the end result will be that you will know which, Boxed Or Managed Anti-Virus, is worth your hard earned dollar.
Boxed or Downloaded Antivirus
When you buy, a boxed or download a copy of the latest Anti-Virus (Norton, McAfee, Eset, Bitdefender, …) It doesn’t really matter the Name of the Antivirus (AV) Software. You put the CD in and run the installer or you run the downloaded installer, and you answer the questions the installer asks. The software installs and you’re done, right?
Well, unless you know or want to know more about the software settings, or since you installed it you can no longer get to your favorite website. So, at this point you go and make some settings changes or as part of your troubleshooting, again, you make settings changes.
Then when everything is working the way you want it to, you never open the AV console again.
If there are no error messages or alerts that a Virus was discovered. You figure that the software is doing its job and protecting your Computer from all the nasties on the internet. All the Viruses, Malware, Hackers, and Crypto/Ransomware, will all be stopped by the most recent version of the Anti-Virus Software you just installed on your PC.
That is until you get a Virus, Malware, or Crypto/Ransomware because the definitions are out of date or the Anti-Virus Engine did not get a required update or the Virus, Malware or Crypto/Ransomware turned off your Anti-Virus Software and you didn’t notice. The biggest one I have seen is that the Software License Expired and didn’t notify you! So, it just stopped getting updates but appeared to be running just fine in the task list.
Now you need to get the Virus, Malware, or Crypto/Ransomware off your system and the installed Anti-Virus is too out of date to do it. You don’t have support from the Anti-Virus Company unless you want to pay a lot of money. So, you are kind of stuck. And now you need to call “Billy, Joe, and Bob’s PC Repair” pay lots of Money, probably have to drop off your computer at their shop for service and who knows when you’ll get it back. Or you call “Billy, Joe, and Bob’s Mobile PC Repair” and he comes to your Home or Office to repair your Computer/Server, and you pay even more Money at an Hourly Rate. Hopefully, you have a backup of your data. Especially it was Crypto/Ransomware as generally the only way to recover from that is to restore your files from an “Un-Cryptowared/Un-Ransomwared” (a backup the was not also encrypted with the Crypto/Ransomware) Backup or pay the Ransom and hope that the Data Kidnapper gives you the key to Un-encrypt and get your files back. Which is a good reason to also have Managed Backups but that is a future story you will find on Critical Mass Technologies Website and Blog soon.
Critical Mass Technologies Managed Anti-Virus and Security
So, what do you get with Managed Anti-Virus and Security? You get Comodo’s award winning:
- Advanced Endpoint Protection
- Mobile Device and Application Management
- OS and Application patches and updates
- Security Management including advanced Firewall protection.
*All Remotely Monitored and Managed by Critical Mass Technologies
The Comodo Client combines advanced and traditional security by delivering Default Deny security with Default Allow productivity using a combination of:
- Application Control for known good intelligence
- Integrated Threat Intelligence to block locally and globally known bad • Automated Containment of all unknowns so they can’t infect you if they are malware
- Closing the threat exposure window – no exposure, no infections
- Completely preventing all ‘Patient Zero’ scenarios
- Delivering 100% of verdicts to convert all unknowns into either known good or bad
- Not just another layered-on tool but a complete solution for full AV compliance
Other providers talk about it, but Comodo actually secures you by incorporating best of breed technologies into one highly integrated solution featuring:
- Application Control
- Integrated Threat Intelligence
- Automated Containment
- Machine Learning (VirusScope)
- Cloud Integrated Sandboxing (Valkyrie)
- Host Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS)
- Host Firewall
- URL Filtering
Comodo’s cyber security solutions combine a host of interlocking technologies including our unique, patent-pending secure but lightweight automatic containment solution. And Comodo doesn’t perpetually contain unknown files and executables, but assesses them exceptionally quickly and releases them from containment (and adds them to the whitelist) if judged good and deletes them from the system (and adds them to the blacklist) if judged bad. In addition, Comodo’s unique containment system:
- Only contains unknown portable executable (‘PE’), not your office files, increasing usability and productivity
- Restricts sandboxing analysis to the PE, so unlike other vendors’ solutions, your sensitive data is never at risk
- Utilizes Comodo’s proprietary Valkyrie File Analysis Platform which:
o Accelerates the verdict process
o Uses static, dynamic and expert human analysis (if needed)
o Detects zero-day, unknown and APT threats
o Delivers a verdict in roughly 45 seconds. This reduces containment time, further increasing endpoint performance and usability
*Information was taken from Comodo Enterprise Whitepaper AEPWhitePaper09292016.pdf
Must be Difficult to Install and Use
No, it’s really easy, you download the installer from Critical Mass Technologies, just like you would with the downloaded copy from the Vendor of the latest Anti-Virus. Then you run the installer. The Installer runs a scan of your system during install and will remedy any Viruses or Malware detected, However, It cannot help you if you are already infected with Crypto/Ransomware as that will generally require a fresh install of the Operating System and a restore of your un-encrypted files. Because it is Managed Anti-Virus it is optimized to be compatible with the most Validated Software as possible during the install and then it is monitored and adjusted by Critical Mass Technologies in the background.
The Anti-Virus Software is already configured to alert Critical Mass Technologies Staff to Viruses, Malware and Crypto/Ransomware and will automatically open a Service Desk case/ticket to track the issue to resolution by one of our technicians. Viruses, Malware, and Crypto/Ransomware cases are always considered a high priority and will be addressed within our 4-hour priority window and most times faster than that.
You will also receive Monthly reports from the Managed Anti-Virus system informing you whether it detected any Viruses, Malware, or Crypto/Ransomware and the disposition of each.
So, Is Managed Anti-Virus Worth The Extra Money?
I know what the answer is for me but the question is whether you think it is worth it or not. If it saves you from even just one potential threat that would really mess up your day? How Much is that worth?
How do I get Critical Mass Technologies Managed Anti-Virus and Security?
I’m Glad you asked! You can Shop for it and many other fine products at Critical Mass Technologies Shop Website or you can click the link: Managed Anti-Virus Page to be taken directly to the Managed Anti-Virus Page.