According to the senior vice president for information security, Brian Dye, antivirus is now dead. The words certainly come as a shock as Symantec and the Norton antivirus suite have been the forefront of security for computers for a number of years. However despite this claim, don’t be fooled as Norton clearly isn’t retiring; all Dye’s words reflect is the reality of computer protection.
While the process of detecting and protecting your computer against any malicious software which may be installed continues to play an important role, a number of sophisticated attacks which are becoming known today are able to penetrate even those computers which have antivirus programs installed. Brian Dye also told Wall Street Journal that he believes antivirus programs to detect only 45% of all attacks which is definitely not very good which is what he meant by his statement of antivirus now being dead. While the various software’s used for this purpose are still available and continue to be used by a number of computer users, the jobs they do isn’t up to the mark and thus continue to make computers vulnerable to risks.
What makes things more difficult is that FireEye, a security provider says that 82% of malware which is detected by these antivirus programs stay active for around an hour and 70% of all threats tend to come to the surface only once because malware authors continue to change up their software’s to avoid being detected by such traditional antivirus programs suggesting that while software’s and programs continue to release updates against malicious software’s, hackers too continue to work on their ways and release different versions of malware in order to not get caught. The firm says that the function signature based AV serves have become similar to ghost hunting rather than engaging in actual detection and prevention.
In order to deal with new threats, security software companies apart from Norton too are continuously bringing out new offerings which are designed to shut attack avenues for example tools which protect phishing or spamming attempts from being successful, social media attacks and malicious websites. This is because attacks can and have begun to come in from various sources and software’s are needed which offer protection to computer users from every possible source of attack. These companies have also begun to use supplemental software’s as well.
Thus, despite what the VP for Symantec says, antivirus isn’t completely dead as it is still important to have such protection in your PC. Antivirus has now simply become yet another tool which is needed to keep the computer safe against any attackers. While antivirus does play its own role, computer users must also be vigilant and careful about how they go about making use of the internet. Anything suspicious should be avoided and one must be extremely careful with personal details. There are a number of ways hackers can find their way into your computer and get access which is why links you click you, websites you visit and connections you use all make a difference. To get further information on how to keep your computer safe, you can have a look at the guidelines offered by PCWorld as to how you can protect yourself against security traps.