Antivirus vs Anti-malware

Anti-Malware is a solution that maintains computer security and protects sensitive data that is transmitted by a network or stored on local devices. Anti-malware tools employ signature based scanning strategies as well as heuristics to detect rootkits, worms, Trojans and other types of damaging malware. Anti-Malware is similar to Antivirus in that it protects your systems and devices from viruses. Anti-Malware is essentially another version of Anti-Virus, covering additional types of malware. Antivirus depends more on the signatures of known viruses to detect and prevent infections, much like a flu shot. In comparison, Anti-Malware can identify malware based upon abnormal or harmful behaviors rather than signatures, to detect malicious software. 

In general, both protections are advisable for computing systems today.

Source: Fraud Watch Intl.

Additional Reading: Lifehacker: the Difference between Anti-Malware and Antivirus

Related Terms: Antivirus

What does this mean for an SMB?

Regardless of the size, businesses should be employing Anti-Malware on all of their systems. Research has shown that small businesses should especially be employing this anti-malware software, as 60% of small businesses close for good within 6 months following a cyber attack on their company. Having Anti-Malware covering your bases can save your business down the line.  It’s always smart to beef up security whenever you have the means. 

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