Here at PCM, we take your security seriously. We live in a new age where viruses, while they are still a concern, are not the biggest concern. Threats have shifted to Spy-ware, Scareware and many other types of Malware. Because of the changing times and the changing complexity of Malware, the traditional Antivirus products have become less effective. In addition to the changing complexity of Malware, we’re also seeing Malware being released more rapidly and changing quickly so as to avoid detection.
While it’s a bit more complicated, the basic premise is that traditional antivirus products work on how a file looks. Much like how a human can recognize another known person, antivirus products recognize what a virus looks like. This is done by matching it against a database of virus descriptions. The problem is, when that database is out of date, a virus could get past the antivirus solution. What we’re seeing today is that viruses and malware products are changing their “appearance” so rapidly that they’re getting past traditional virus programs.
In addition to being less effective, Antivirus products have grown in size to the extent that they affect the performance of the computer. There is always overhead to security and unfortunately that takes a toll on the performance of any computer.
All that being said, what if we could have the best of both? Wouldn’t it be great if there was a product that was effective AND fast? What if there was a product that wasn’t bloated and worked silently in the background without affecting the user’s performance while at the same time keeping them more secure? We’ve been watching a product called Webroot for over a year. This product is revolutionary in the way it works. The first major difference is that it does not have a locally installed definitions database. The definitions are in a cloud database. The advantage of that is once a threat is detected and the cloud database is updated, all machines are now updated, there’s no delay for machines to download updates. In addition to the definitions, Webroot checks not only what a process looks like, but also what it’s doing. If it doesn’t recognize the file, but it does recognize the type of activity it’s doing, it will shut it down understanding it’s a threat. This is revolutionary for the security world!
A second major difference is the size. The installer for Webroot is less than 1MB in size. Compare that to the installer for our current solution which is over 400MB. You can see from this alone that it’s significantly smaller. Because of its small size, the product is significantly more agile and does not have a major drain on the local system resources. It works as it should, in the background while not taking away speed from the current user.
Over the next month we plan to deploy Webroot across all systems at all our managed clients. We’re pretty excited about the benefits of this product on your protection and speed. Feel free to contact us for more information about this exciting new security tool!