Is an expired antivirus a big deal?
If you want to keep your business data and
systems secure it is essential that you have an antivirus or anti-malware
scanner installed on every system. While
the install rates of these programs in businesses are nearly 100%, there is
an increasing trend where some companies are letting their subscriptions
expire. So, if your antivirus subscription expires is this really a big
What happens when an antivirus subscription expires?
While each program will treat an expired
subscription slightly different, generally speaking, most will still
function in some way. You will normally be able to run a scan, but you
likely won’t be able to deal with any malware or security threats. Features
like automated scanning will also be turned off.
Other programs will stop updating the
essential virus and malware databases that are used by the program to
identify and clean new malware. This means that while you will be secure
from known viruses and security flaws up to the date of the last database
update, you will not be secure against newly discovered viruses.
Some popular programs like Kaspersky offer
an antivirus scanner trial version or a program that comes with a newly
purchased computer with programs like these; they will normally stop
functioning once the trial period is over. Yes, they will still open, but
you won’t be able to scan or perform any tasks.
In short, when your subscription expires,
your systems will no longer be secure, or as protected as they should be.
Interestingly enough, in mid-November 2014, Microsoft released its Security
Intelligence Report 17. This report found that computers and systems with
expired malware were only slightly less likely to be infected than systems
without any malware scanners installed.
What do I do if my subscription is about to expire?
Before your subscription expires you
should take steps to back up all of your systems and data. The reason for this is that should something happen you have
a clean backup to revert to. Once this is carried out, then consider
renewing your subscription. Most programs allow you to do this directly
from the scanner itself, so it is often fairly straightforward.
As a business owner however, you are going
to need to keep track of your systems and licenses. What we recommend is
creating a spreadsheet with information on the subscription applied to all
systems. Take account of when the scanner was installed on each system, how
long the subscription period is for, and when it will expire.
What if my subscriptions are about to expire, but I don’t like
my current program?
There may come a time when the scanner you
have selected simply isn’t living up to your expectations. Maybe it takes
too long to scan, uses too many resources, or simply isn’t able to protect
all of your systems. Regardless of the reason, switching scanners is always
If you are thinking of moving to another
scanner, we strongly recommend that before you do anything, you back up
your systems. You can then start looking for other systems. We strongly
recommend that you contact us, as we can help identify a solution that will
work for your business and systems. We can then help ensure that the
transition is carried out in a way that will not leave your systems open to
We may have a managed antivirus solution
that will work for your business. By using a system like this, we can help
protect your systems, keeping them secure and always up to date, all
without you having to get involved. All you need to do is get in touch to
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There are so many
ways that hackers can gain access to your computers and systems it boggles
the mind. One of the more popular tactics employed is the increasingly
common spear phishing. In early December 2014, news broke of a new, super
savvy, spear phishing campaign that had succeeded in scamming top Wall
Street companies and could be a danger to small businesses as well.
Spear phishing is an advanced form of phishing where
attackers troll the Internet for relevant information about you and then
create a personalized email that is sent to you. This email is usually
developed so that it appears to be coming from a friend or trusted partner
and contains links to a site or program that can initiate an attack or
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it comes to backing up your important business data, there are many options
available to your company. One of the increasingly common choices is to use
online or cloud-based backups. Despite the popularity of these systems,
there is still confusion over what exactly online backup is and the
benefits it can bring businesses.
exactly is online backup?
In a wide sense, online
backup is a backup system where your files, folders, and even systems, are
backed up to an offsite storage server over your Internet connection. Tech
experts also refer to this service as remote or cloud-based backup.
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transfer possible uses Wi-Fi which comes paralleled with a lagging screen
and inconsistency. However, a new application that will seamlessly turn
your iPad into your second Mac screen is now available.
Duet Display, developed by a former Apple engineer, Rahul
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so using a cable that you already use to charge and sync your iPad. To be
precise, it’s actually two apps — one for your iOS device and a companion
app for your Mac that lets it recognize an iPad or iPhone as a second
If you’re running
a business, regardless of whether you have physical premises or operate in
a virtual world, you probably receive a continuous stream of emails every
minute of every day and beyond. Because of this, many business owners have
a hard time simply handling the sheer volume of emails. If you’re dealing
with the same issue, then you'll probably welcome our top five tips to
solving your email deluge problem.
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