Many people try to buy older versions of antivirus or security software because they are inexpensive than the latest versions. There is nothing wrong in buying it because the software works fine with the system but remember the features are not up to date to protect the latest threats. Now-a-days the computers are becoming more vulnerable to different types of viruses and malwares which is becoming really hard for us to keep our systems fully protected from these malicious attacks. Older version means, it has outdated features which cannot provide enough protection to our systems from phishing & infected spyware downloads. Even though system patches and updates help to some extent to simplify this problem, it is not viable for long run usage as many antivirus tools support the older version system to only limited extent.
What should be done if your security software is outdated?
Well, it has a simple answer that we need to go for new version subscription that is very much compatible to your operating system. Remember, operating system plays a big role when it comes to purchasing of system security tool because the anti-malwares solutions are not effective if the system has outdated OS. For instance, when Microsoft stopped providing security patches for Windows XP in April, 2014, many antivirus software tools extended their support for another year, but there is always a possibility from the system hackers to exploit the security holes and take it as an advantage to attack the computers. So, it is important to choose security software wisely, which is compatible with other applications that are existing in your computer to make sure it gives complete protection from various threats. In addition to that, if your computer has any older version of applications such as Java, Office software, Adobe and browsers like Firefox, Chrome, IE etc, try to update them with latest patches so that your system will not be vulnerable to malicious attacks.
Choosing the right security tool
Instead of opting for just antivirus tools it is better to go for security suites that provide complete online protection including anitvirus, anti-malware, antispyware, privacy, firewall etc. This means the old single security systems are no more valid as the threats are becoming more complex from multiple resources. The software should have all the elements of security with multiple layers of additional protection for network and internet threats such as Network Defense Layer Protection, Threat Removal layer, Fraud Warning etc. Make sure to analyze your system usage and internet activity before deciding what kind of features are needed for your protection. For example, the parental control option sounds irrelevant if you are purchasing it for business and have no small kids fooling around your computer.
Apart from the features & cost efficiency, it is also important to look for license period and check if the software gets upgraded automatically to the latest versions with additional features. Some antivirus tools take lot of resources when they are scanning and make the system slow as if it is dead. So select the security suite which is light that would not consume more computer resources when it is running in the background. These simple check points will help us out in choosing the best security software that can not only keep our systems secure from regular virus attacks but also safeguards our internet activity with added protection.
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