Look around yourself, both in the Online world and Offline world there are plenty of advertisements of Anti Virus as well as Internet Security Softwares. If you are not a geek or follow the world of tech judiciously, the two may sound very similar and you just may end up picking one without knowing what the other had to offer. However, there lies a massive difference in the two and if you are looking to pick a security package for your computer, we are here to help you decide which one to go for.
As a rule of thumb, someone very intelligent once said, if you are always connected to the internet, which most of us are, then please pick an Internet Security Package, but if your system is isolated, away from the joyful world of the internet, a normal Anti Virus will suffice
Now you have a basic idea of which to pick for yourself, lets dive deeper into what exactly differentiates an Anti Virus from an Internet Security Package?
Antivirus programmes have been around since ages. They promise to check the files on your system for virus signatures that are already present in the database of the AntiVirus programme. However, not just this, an antivirus also uses a methodology called the Heuristic, which checks for any inappropriate behavior of a programme and if it encounters that, alerts the user. From here on, the user has several options to either move the file to the Virus Vault or to delete it etc depending upon the Antivirus programme that you are using. Several antivirus programs provide you with on access scanning which checks the file for viruses the moment you open it, while there is also scheduled and periodic checks.
Internet Security Package
An Internet Security Package on the other hand is a package of softwares or programs. It provides what is called a 360 degree protection to the users and is in a way a superset of antivirus. Some of the applications in the internet security package like anti malware/ spyware, firewall are extremely important especially as the threats on the internet go on increasing. A Firewall basically restricts people from having unauthorized access to your PC by refusing incoming connections, and hence to your files stored locally. An anti malware or spyware is just as important to have given most of us use credit card or debit cards for shopping online. These make sure that your personal information is not leaked out from the system.
Internet Security or Antivirus?
An old comparison between services offered by an Antivirus and Internet Security package
If you are still confused, which one to pick, it is always safer to pick an Internet Security Package as it offers a more rounded protection. Even if you do not use the internet much, it is best to go with an Internet Security Package as it has an Anti Virus software inbuilt already. Yes, it may be an expensive proposition to start with, but remember it is much affordable as compared to the priceless data you have saved on your drives. However, we advice all our readers to very carefully read through the included softwares in any internet security package as most of the modern day OS do come with some of these softwares inbuilt, most notably the likes of Firewall.
TL;DR: Pick a good Internet Security Package. It may be expensive, but it’s cheaper than your priceless data