BankVault and anti-virus software programs can both protect your computer, tablet, and smartphone. However there are several differences between the two different programs.
What Does Anti-Virus Software Do?
An anti-virus software program scans the end-user’s computing device to match malware against a database of known malware definitions. Malware is an umbrella term for malicious software such as viruses, spyware, adware, ransomware such as Cryptolocker, and more.
There are 4 different ways that your computing device can be infected:
- Running downloaded programs – when you download a software program or application from the Internet that has malware on it, your computing device will now be infected.
- Website malware – if you visit a website where a cyber criminal has exploited a known vulnerability that runs in your web browser such as Adobe Flash or Java, it allows malware to be installed. A lot of these infections occur through ad networks so any website that serves advertisements could unknowingly be an infection vector.
- Email – if a user is sent an email with a link or attachment, people are likely to click on it. We have a case study that shows 22% of users will click on an unknown link or attachment in an email even though they are aware that they should not be doing this. This type of infection is called an email scam or phishing scam.
- LAN infections – a PC in the same Local Area Network (LAN) may have malware. This malware can spread to other computers that are using this LAN by exploiting vulnerabilities in network protocols such as Windows file sharing.
What are the limitations of anti-virus software?
There are two main limitations of anti-virus software:
- If your anti-virus software knows about the malware, the malware will need to infect your computer before your anti-virus software cleans it up.
- As anti-virus software only fixes malware that they know about and have a fix for, there is always a lag between when a virus or malware is being written and distributed online versus anti-virus manufacturers updating their malware definition database.
We do recommend that you have an anti-virus program on your computer and that you update it regularly. You can find out more about what are the best anti-virus programs for your Windows, Mac OS, and Android computers and mobile devices at https://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/
Why is BankVault different?
BankVault is protects an end-users computer and mobile device differently from anti-virus software. BankVault is not aimed at replacing an anti-virus software program even though it does provide real-time computer and internet software security.
When you are using the BankVault software program, you will be able to use the internet without worrying about malware. By harnessing the power of remote virtual machine technology, any activity that could have compromised your computer or mobile device does not even reach your actual computing device regardless of what website you visit, if you are downloading and opening an infected file, or whether you are using a trusted private network or a public local area network. When you do log back into the BankVault software again, you start a new pristine session and any viruses that you may have accidentally unleashed will not exist in the new session.
Our unique approach to internet security isolates your computing device to eliminate any possible breaches to your own computer and internet network regardless of when you’re at the office, at home, or on the go.