Antivirus software can be a first line of defense against hackers who seek to steal your personal information. These tools can protect you from many types of malware attacks, such as ransomware, Trojans, spyware and more. But even the most powerful antivirus software can’t be a complete defense against cyber-attacks and needs to be combined with other security tools, such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems, strong passwords and multifactor authentication for complete security.

To decide what type of antivirus solution is right for you, begin by analyzing the program’s detection rate. These numbers show how many files, applications and other items are detected and blocked from gaining access to your system. Also, make sure to check for heuristics detection capabilities. This type of analysis searches for suspicious computer behavior and may detect malware that has not been detected previously. But, this feature needs to be tuned with care to keep away from “alert fatigue” and excessive security alerts that can distract users from their work.

Another important consideration is extra security features that the antivirus software can provide. Some of these features include the VPN service, identity theft protection and password managers and parental controls. This can help your company protect customers and employees while ensuring compliance and avoid costly penalties for data breaches.

Hackers are interested in your business regardless of how big or small. These cybercriminals are hunting for massive databases of consumer information or are looking to establish themselves by hacktivism (disrupting professional systems for social or political reasons). In any case, you must take defensive measures and antivirus software is a great starting point.