I don’t know if any of you saw this segment on Kaspersky on NBC News a few days ago.
Kaspersky is one of the world’s largest anti-virus software companies. I recently heard that they have 200 million users. The company has also been on the forefront of security research. For a time, I recommended Kaspersky for my Windows clients but have not done so for 4 or 5 years. At this time, none of my clients use their products. At this time, I want to share about the anti-virus products that I do recommend. I will also share (parenthetically) the country that each of these companies is based in.
The mac OS comes with a built in firewall and also requirements that developers of Mac apps must adhere to. However, there is no anti-virus that comes with the the OS (operating system). There are two products that I have come to like over the years. One is a paid product called Intego (France). It will run you about $40 a year per computer. The other is Avast (Czech Republic) for Mac. It is free. While I don’t like that Avast tries to install trials of their other products on your system, like their VPN, they can be deleted. I have found Avast and Intego to be proactive in pointing out threats on the Mac. Due to their free phone support, I will give the nod to Intego here.
Windows 10 comes with basic anti-virus software built in. It is good enough for many users. The reason why a Windows user might want to use a paid anti-virus is to have more active protection. In some cases users feel more comfortable knowing that their anti-virus product is intercepting web traffic to block possible threats. There are three paid anti-virus products for Windows that I currently recommend: ESET (Slovakia), Avira (Germany), and Avast. Of these three, I will tip my cap to ESET because they offer free phone support. I am always on the lookout for new providers to add to my list.
Many customers are willing to trust security companies based outside of the US because this can be a potential buffer against US government interference. While not based in the US, many of these security companies have offices in the US or North America.