There are countless security tools available, all claiming to provide protection from malicious content. Choosing the right package is essential for protecting company data, passwords and your overall online privacy when you're at home.
CIO UK looks at 12 of the best security tools for business users. You might work from home, have a home office or run a small business from home and we review some great security tools so you don't have to.
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November 10, 2017
Antivirus is essential for securing your home office, protecting users from ransomware, malware campaigns and must malicious activity.
A good antivirus will prevent, detect and remove viruses including Trojans, worms and adware from user’s computers. Here's some we like:
Webroot offers three products to protect your PC, antivirus, 'internet security plus' and 'internet security complete'. Its antivirus will secure up to three PCs or Macs providing r eal-time anti-phishing protection, firewall monitoring and scans that won't slow down your machine.
TotalAV is a free antivirus programme which features auto virus scanning, email protection and device tune-up that protects computers from malware, adware and spyware. The antivirus scans and sends user’s reports on the computer performance ensuring home office security. Read next: 10 of the best free antivirus products for business use
Firewalls are essential for securing a home office, preventing user access to and from private networks. What’s more, it can block hackers, worms and viruses reaching your computer.
Windows Firewall is a great free firewall and one Windows users are probably familiar with. It enables users to choose which features suit their needs, including IPsec and packet filtering that can prevent information loss, computer crashes and password theft.
ZoneAlarm 2017’s Pro Firewall is paid software enabling up to 3 PCs. The software includes a two-way firewall, online backup and an advanced firewall which monitors incoming and outgoing communications blocking hackers, trackers and spyware. Read next: Best firewalls for businesses 2017.
6. Intrusion detection system
Intrusion detection systems (IDS) block, monitor and detect suspicious activity, sending detailed reports to the user.
Suricata is a free IDS which inspects the network traffic using signature language and scripting support, meaning it can detect known threats, policy violations and any malicious behaviour.
This tool can log HTTP requests, store TLS certificates and extract files from flows and store them onto disks, great for those wanting to monitor activity and limit user access.
AlienVault is a paid IDS which allows users to scan and monitor online activity by examining log data, tracking alarm activity and identifying activities and trends. The product provides monitoring to AWS and Azure cloud environments which can allow users to share documents securely, great for those working remotely.
7. Network monitoring tools
Network monitoring oversees the operation of a computer network and uses management software which can help users detect and report device failures.
The service providers monitors, secures and optimises IT architectures, alerting users to any issues.
A great network monitoring system is
Paessler which offers cloud services, band-width and CPU load enabling users to track home computers. What’s more, the free tool gives statuses and alerts on all devices while also creating individual graphical maps for efficient speed and performance. MMSoft Pulseway is a remote network management tool that allows users to have better control over their IT system. The paid version features a dashboard which includes notifications; an overview and set up guide that ensures users can monitor, automate and report online problems.
Malware is any form of malicious software including viruses, spyware and adware which aim to protect PCs from malicious content. Most Anti-Malware tools work alongside your antivirus suite and detect any signs of suspicious activity.
Bitefender Antivirus offers antivirus and ransomware protection as well as detecting unauthorised access to your PC. This free edition has a multi-detection element which allows you to scan single files, shared folders and browser sites.
Also available on PC,
Hitman Pro offers malware protection, blocks unsafe links and suspicious downloads. The updated version includes a multi-layer protection against ransomware and has a PUA (potentially unwanted application) removal feature which targets apps that contain viruses, spy and other malicious content.
It offers a 30 day free trial and works alongside your current security suite, adding an extra level of protection. The full version, Hitman Pro Alert is £26 per year.
11. Encryption software
Encryption converts information or data into a code which can only be unlocked with a certain key making it harder for users to access their networks. The use of encryption software gives users total control assigning an individual password to ensure data is secure.
Cryptainer LE is a free software which encrypts and decrypts user’s files assuring overall privacy. This free tool has an encrypted disk drive which allows users to store any type of data.
In addition, it allows users to drag and drop confidential files onto removable drives. This is great for flexibility in storage, backing up data and overall home office security.
AxCrypt has a management feature which allows users to store passwords and codes online.
This paid tool offers a 128-bit or 256-bit AES encryption and provides great file sharing, storing and viewing documents with Google Drive and Dropbox integration, which is great increasing productivity and ensuring businesses tasks are met.
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