Top 5 benefits of Microsoft Security Essentials

Monday 18 March 2013


As the internet becomes increasingly important to businesses and home users, so does the importance of ensuring systems are protected against external attack. If web users fail to take the necessary IT security precautions, they can become exposed to a number of threats - including spyware, viruses, and Trojans. This can lead to data being compromised and accessed by third-parties, which can have potentially devastating consequences for the victims.

As such, it is vital to ensure your computer systems have IT security solutions active at all times, including anti-virus software and firewalls. One of the best options for business users looking to secure their computers is Microsoft Security Essentials. But what are the main benefits of this solution?

1.      Low cost

Microsoft Security Essentials can be downloaded as a free anti-malware solution for computers, meaning the first line of defence can be put in place without the need for significant investment. This is likely to help start-ups and other small businesses which only have limited funds for technology investment.

The ability to download security solutions from a reputable industry player allows such companies to use their IT funds for other purposes. Security Essentials is available as a no-cost download for Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. In Windows 8, Windows Defender replaces Security Essentials.

2.      Easy to download

Because Security Essentials is available as a free solution, it is relatively straightforward to obtain. The solution can simply be downloaded online, with no registration process. When accessing the security software, there is no need to provide any billing information or personal/business data. Security Essentials simply installs after a quick download and successful completion of the Genuine Windows validation process.

3.      Regular updates

Users can gain access to Security Essentials updates on a continuous basis, as and when they become available. Microsoft regularly makes security updates available to counter new and emerging threats, and ensure users' systems remain as secure as possible.

4.      Full protection

Security Essentials offers protection against a variety of online threats, originating from a multitude of sources. Dangers to PC users include spyware, viruses, worms, Trojans, and other malicious software - it is important to be on your guard against each of these. Online threats continue to evolve day by day, week by week, meaning it is important to ensure your systems are fully protected 24/7.

5.      No disruption

Security Essentials works away in the background, getting on with its job without distracting PC users or getting in the way of other tasks. The solution schedules scans at times when the computer is most likely to be idle, and alerts are only shown when the user needs to take action.

Posted by Alex Boardman