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Is your antivirus quietly eating into your internet bandwidth?

Today's world runs on data. And Data is fragile. It can be corrupted, deleted, destroyed or siphoned off for nefarious purposes. But since Data is the most valuable possession of an organisation, protecting it is a top priority.

There is a long list of programs that can cause problems for your data.

  1. Viruses
  2. Ransomware
  3. Malware
  4. Adware
  5. Botnets
  6. Phishing
  7. Spyware
  8. Worms, among others.

Antivirus Programs promise to protect your PC from these threats. But new threats are detected everyday, which means your Antivirus has to be updated with the newest virus definitions.

Due to the constant threats, anti-virus software update very frequently & aggressively, some downloading & updating every minute with new virus signatures. This doesn’t cause any issues when the number of computers in your network are a handful.

However, imagine this scenario - a network with 20+ computers updating every minute individually & downloading 10MB of updates per day. This would result in 200MB of internet bandwidth consumed per day & 6GB of internet bandwidth consumed per month!

The consequences of the default setting in the Anti-virus are -

  1. Constant requests to update the virus definitions slows down the internet
  2. Due to this, access to productive websites becomes slow
  3. Unnecessary data consumption

The worst part is that it’s the same anti-virus update being downloaded by multiple computers again and again!

Wouldn’t it be nice to download the antivirus update only once in your network & share the same through your local LAN to all other computers in the network?

Not only is it nice, it is also possible! Most antivirus software provide this feature. The basic steps are as follows -

  1. Create a local server to download the updates
  2. Connect all PC’s antivirus software in the network to the Server
  3. Check if the software is updating from the local server.
  4. And that’s it!

Locally sending antivirus updates saves internet data and bandwidth, making your organization’s internet connection a little more efficient. After all, it is the small stuff that makes a difference in the bigger picture.

Finally, each antivirus software implements updates differently, so you may have check their documentation. If you don’t want to waste time figuring it out, we’d be happy to help. Just call us at +91 81470 90061 or email us at pierre@shreshtait.com for more information.

Read about Part 2 here