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Does price affect the quality of a computer security package?

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It’s often said that ‘you get what you pay for’ – if you spend a small amount on a low specification printer, your purchase is unlikely to be ‘all singing, all dancing’. But does the same rule apply to computer security systems?

Cyber-terrorism and fraud both pose serious threats to both businesses and individuals, and according to report by the BBC*, online banking fraud increased by 48% between 2013 and 2014. It’s now more important than ever to ensure you get quality protection for your devices, as anything which is connected to the internet is vulnerable to viruses and spyware.
 
Standard packages
For a standard security package, you can expect to pay around £20-£30 per year and for your money, you’ll receive basic malware, virus and spyware protection. This will safeguard your computer from malicious viruses, however, Trojans, spyware and hackers would still be able to get access to your computer with little trouble.

If you’re a start-up or an individual looking to protect your PC or a small network, this option is likely to be the best one for you.

A basic upgrade
As your company expands it is important that you also remember to increase your security system. For additional security, and peace of mind, you can upgrade from a basis package – which is likely to cover only one device – to something which protects up to five devices in your office.
This is a great option if your business is slowly expanding. Remember this may not provide much more than the basic package.

Premium software
As your business continues to grow, it is more important than ever to ensure your security remains tight. Premium packages are available from around £60 and you can expect the benefits of suites in this price range to be considerably greater than cheaper alternatives.

Most premium packages will offer various storage outputs, including Cloud storage for backing up computer programs and documents, along with secured online storage for any personal files. You can therefore rest assured that you’re protected, and that your files can be recovered, should anything go wrong. You can also benefit from the bonus of storage expansion if you require more space.

Packages like this will prevent your staff from oversharing documents and details, in the event they open fraudulent messages and emails which contain spyware and viruses which could put your computer at risk.

If you’ve previously neglected security software, now’s the time to invest! Viruses and hackers have evolved the way they infiltrate your technology and it is important to ensure that your security follows suit. The more you spend, the better the package will be, but it’s about finding the one that is right for you and your business.

*Study published in 2015

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