The High Cost of “Free” Anti-Virus Software
For quite some time I’ve been aware of various so-called “free” antivirus applications. While you don’t pay anything up front for “free” antivirus protection, there really is no such thing as a free lunch, and you could be putting your data at risk by not investing in Internet security. Why? The fact is, “free” software either (a) isn’t good enough, (b) isn’t updated frequently or (c) lacks critical security features. That’s why it’s free.
Like a car, your computer requires an ongoing investment to make sure it runs optimally. Did you complain about the need to rotate your tires after you bought your car, or did you accept the fact that spending that extra money helps to ensure your vehicle is safe? The same principal applies to your computer: keeping your data safe requires an investment.
At the end of the day, you need to decide if cutting corners on reliable Internet security is worth potentially losing your data. Remember: when you use “free” anti-virus software, you get what you pay for.