Apr 2

Can Antivirus Slow Down Internet Speed?

Can Antivirus Slow Down Internet Speed?

This publication will discuss cases where antivirus software slows down the speed of browsing sites in the browser, as well as cases when the anti-virus reduces the speed of connecting to the Internet as a whole.

Many users are wondering if antivirus software can slow down the speed of the Internet. However, the answer to this question is not as clear as we would like.

In this article, we will describe to you the situations in which the antivirus program only slows down the process of viewing sites in the browser (without affecting the speed of the Internet connection itself), as well as situations in which the antivirus really reduces the overall speed of the Internet connection.

  • To protect your computer from network and external threats, the antivirus uses various scanning methods. If a particular type of scan is not supported by a particular browser, it may take longer to load pages.
  • If on the computer, in addition to the antivirus, other protection software is also installed, this can slow down the system. In such cases, when you try to connect to the Internet, the speed may be relatively low.
  • Often the speed of connecting to the Internet depends on the hardware and functional features of browsers. In particular, users will definitely encounter problems related to Internet speed if they use antivirus with outdated computer models.
  • If the version of the antivirus installed on the PC is out of date, it will take longer to open the pages. Therefore, make sure that the software and browser are updated in order to avoid problems with the Internet speed associated with the use of antivirus.
  • Sometimes when you turn on certain firewalls, add-ons and browser extensions, a conflict with the antivirus program may occur. This is why it is best to avoid applications that can affect the Internet and slow down download speeds.
  • If there is not enough free space on your PC’s hard drive, but you have installed antivirus, this can slow down the speed of Internet access.
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Nov 5

Popular Software Vulnerabilities (And Why You Should Develop Your Own Custom Software)

Posted in Security, Software

The past couple of years has been rife with software vulnerabilities that have led to some very serious consequences. Credit card and financial hacks from major businesses are being announced several times a year. Applications in the Google Play store have been found to be Trojan horse fronts to gain access to sensitive information stored on mobile phones. Bugs like Heartbleed have caused panic, and both Apple and Snapchat are under scrutiny for massive nude photo leaks.

With no clear way of telling how these vulnerabilities are being exploited, or by who, user trust is at an all time low. It is no wonder, as they have been shown quite clearly that any expectation of privacy they once had were completely overestimated. They have no privacy or security at all, at least that is how they are currently feeling.

The Problem With Current Software

This puts many of us in a difficult bind. A lot of software uses the same kind of coding, which is most responsible for the vulnerabilities. For example, improper neutralization of special elements used in an SQL command. While many software developers have put protections into place, like two-step verification, or Google’s team up with FIDO Alliance to introduce a physical drive for getting past authorization requests, there is still a risk.

How can you be sure the software you use is free of vulnerabilities? There is no 100% way, because even the smallest crack can be ripped wide and exploited if found. But you can lessen the chances of this happening to you by developing your own software.

Taking Things Into Your Own Hands

Your business needs software, and it needs to be as safe as possible. By being a part of the process and developing something custom, you are putting in every effort to make sure it is safe for your customers. This can save you a lot of grief and money in the long run, because the second a vulnerability leads to a hack or leak, you can be sure the consequences will be dire. Especially if you are a small to medium sized business.

Another benefit is that a custom piece of software will have exactly what your customers (and by extension your business) needs.

Don’t leave things up to fate. The only person you can rely on is yourself and your team, so you should all be a part of the development process to ensure you have the best and safest software possible for your business.

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