It used to be standard practice to purchase and install anti-virus software programs to protect our computers from getting infected by malware. Hopefully you’ve figured this out by now, but nowadays Windows and Mac OS already come with anti-virus software included – so no need to go in search of extra protection.



If you are a Mac user, Mac has built-in anti-malware protection on its operating system. For example, before you can open a file, your Mac will check it against a list of malware. Windows users have more virus and malware concerns than Mac users, but Windows today also comes with its own system called Windows Defender.



You can download free and paid third-party software programs we talked about for that extra layer of protection, but you should know Mac and Windows protection software offer virtually the same protection.



When malware or a virus is found, the anti-virus software programs update accordingly to catch and block them from infecting your system. The challenge is how fast they can update their system to be effective and stay safe from the malware that’s been identified.



Some argue that Windows Defender is not the most popular software when it comes to protection, but compared to its formative years when the operating system didn’t come with any anti-virus protection, we are in a much better place.



The best thing you can do is make sure your default protection programs are turned on and updated regularly. And beyond that, you simply need to be aware that there are malicious practices online, and to not click or open files unless you are absolutely sure it’s from a trusted source. See our previous blog on how to identify phishing scams for more information.