Today I got a marketing email from one of the antivirus computer protection companies. There are many with whom I am familiar, and I have had a variety of experiences with them through my own purchases and implementations I have done for my client companies. The major players – in my experience – are:
Symantec (formerly Norton)
Bitdefender (new to the party and the focus of this post)
They purport to perform the following while providing online privacy protection – which is one of the features of all their three tiers of offerings.
- permanently scans your (facebook, twitter, etc) account in the background.
- when a threat is detected, you are notified through a direct message so that you can take the necessary actions to neutralize it.
- sends a direct message from your account to those persons on your Follow list in whose accounts issues have been detected.
- scans your private messages for spam, phishing and malware.
- automatically posts weekly security statistics about the activity in your account.
These features are valuable, if only that they ostensibly protect your social media followers from embedded malware and other threats that are now infecting so much of what we do online.
This post is not an endorsement of Bitdefender, per se, but the listed features provide an important advantage to your online experience. The others will follow or are already following with capabilities of their own.