With the improvements seen in Windows 10 built-in security features we’ve been re-thinking our approach to anti-virus. It’s become a cliché’ but the one thing that is constant in IT actually is change. Changes in computing are only picking up pace too.
To cut to the chase, here’s the thing. We’re no longer going to recommend anti-virus software for computers that are running Windows 10.
Three things are primarily driving our changed opinion these are the improvements in Windows Defender, the improvements in Windows overall security posture and the changing nature of infection sources.
- Windows Defender and Windows Firewall together are providing an excellent source of protection from viruses and targeted exploit attacks.
- With the new model where version updates to Windows are nearly a thing of the past and everyone’s machine runs the latest version we will no longer see scenarios where a computers age means that it is more vulnerable than a new computer.
New attack sources are not viruses, or trojans. They are instead dependent on computer users to be careless or uninformed. They depend on tricking the person not the computer into sharing the information that they want or sending the money they desire.
This means that the solution to protecting your data isn’t software; it’s computer user training. Sure everyone knows how to use a mouse, turn a computer on and off, type, open an application…but smarter users have less downtime, are less likely to make your data vulnerable and are more productive.
Training is where we will advise you invest rather than software. We believe that it’s a better long term way to protect your computer, your data and your business.
– Amy, President
About Harbor Computer Services
Harbor Computer Services is an IT firm servicing Southeastern Michigan. We work exclusively under contract with our clients to provide technology direction and either become the IT department or provide assistance to the internal IT they already have. We have won many awards for our work over the years, including the worldwide Microsoft Partner of the Year in 2010. We’re the smallest firm to have ever won this most prestigious award. Most recently we were recognized as one of the top 20 visionaries in small business IT by ChannelPro Magazine (2015). And in 2016 as the top Michigan IT firm for Manufacturing. There are a few simple things that make Harbor Computer Services the best choice for your business. •We are Professionals •We are Responsible •We are Concerned About The Success of Your Business