Many people use anti-virus programs on their computer, I definitely do. But nowadays it’s becoming more easier for malicious content to infect our computers even if you’re running an anti-virus. According to Malwarebytes, “the malware ecosystem has changed drastically in the past 10 years, to the point that the old precautions are just no longer enough.”
People no longer have to click on things to get infected. There are attacks called “drive by downloads” where all a user has to do is visit an infected website and the malicious content is automatically downloaded onto their computer. Also, many anti-viruses response times are too slow to detect threats. According to Panda Research, “traditional AV only stops 30-50 percent of new zero-hour malware when it’s first seen.” This may come across as surprising news to people who think they’re “all good” since they have Norton installed on their computer. People must be aware of the websites they visit and also the things they click to stay secure.
To conclude, a layered approach is the best approach to take when it comes to security. This is when you use multiple types of defenses, each of which have their own strengths and do different things. An example of this is a lightweight product that works with an anti-virus program to block the threats that it may miss.