I recently posted an article, “Windows 10 already has built-in security protections. “Do you need to install or buy any other security software?” and asked readers what their thoughts were on this. Well one reader, named “James”, came back with an excellent response that I felt worthy of posting and a response that I totally agree with. Thank you “James” for sharing your expertise with the readers here at “Tech News for You“…
- I agree that Win 10 has just about caught up with the level of security in IOS, Android, Mac OS, Linux etc.
- Also agree that a lot of Free AV is just as good as payed for.
- Users are more knowledgeable than in the past.
- If the user stays most of the time in Chrome, Firefox or Edge i.e. a modern browser they are pretty safe anyway.
- Phishing is probably the biggest problem these days and none of the AV companies seem to be able to deal with that anyway. If a user gives away info there’s nothing that can ever protect against that.
- The AV companies have largely failed to deal with ransomware and hence there’s little use to most AV programs anyway.
- It’s more important to stay patched to the latest Win updates than latest AV signatures, even though Win update is a pain at times.
- If the user doesn’t need specialized software then their best line of defense is to stick to IOS or Chrome OS i.e. a really heavily locked down OS. People will say Linux but that’s obscurity more than anything, though I agree it is easier to use than in the past.
- Use 2FA, Strong passwords, a locked down OS and trust no one.