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 Cyber Security Tip #3 – Install anti-virus on all devices

Do not install more than one antivirus per device!

Quick Tips

 Choose an Antivirus solution. 

Download and install either a commercial or a free antivirus.

Getting Hands On


 Choose an Antivirus solution. 

Free solutions work but often don’t have the added features of commercial versions.

The easiest way for more comprehensive protection is choosing an antivirus suite. These suites are normally called “Internet Security”.

Reasons to choose an Internet Security Solution (Antivirus suite) over an antivirus solution i.e. just an antivirus application are:

In addition to an antivirus, Internet Security suites normally include the following tools:


Parental control


Before paying for an Internet Security solution use the trial version for 30 days and see if you like it. Remember don’t install more than one Antivirus and / or Internet Security suite.

Why Should I Care?

If any of your devices are infected with viruses (malware), the following could happen:

 Personal Impact  

Identity & personal information theft.

Social media account breach.

Reputational damage, extortion and blackmail due to hacked accounts.

Your bank accounts can be compromised (Hacked).

Access to email accounts, implicating them as set off points.

Criminals can take pictures of you with your webcam / front camera.

Criminals can make audio and / or video recordings of you and your surroundings using your device.

Criminals can use these recordings and pictures for extortion.

Your credit record can be damaged.

Accounts can be opened in your name without your knowledge.

Your email inbox could be flooded with unwanted emails or used to spam your contacts.

Your email inbox could be flooded with unwanted emails. (Spam)



Images of you or your family can be harvested without your permission and used on unsavoury websites.

Untrusted people can track the movements of your family from geotags in certain pictures posted on the web.

Untrusted people (e.g. paedophiles) can gather intelligence on your family from various online sources and attempt to contact your children.


 Device Security 

Criminals can implicate your device in cybercrime.

Your device can become infected with viruses (malware).

Your device can become very slow and sometimes even unresponsive.

Your data usage will go up, resulting in high telephone bills.

Slow Internet connection, due to the malicious applications sending and receiving data.


 Data Security 

There are many incidents that could result in you losing some or all of your valuable data.

Helpful Applications

You get more features and better security when using the commercial options.

Always download or purchase commercial security software from legitimate sources, never pirate (illegally copy or install) security software!



Bitdefender: (Windows, Mac, Android)

ESET: (Windows, Mac, Android, Linux)

Kaspersky: (Windows, Mac, Android)

 Freely Available 

All three options listed offer commercial versions, with added features.

Avast: (Windows, Mac, Android)

Avira: (Windows, Mac, Android)

Bitdefender: (Windows, Mac, Android)


 Solutions Offered by Banks 

Absa – Antivirus Software (Titanium Maximum Security Antivirus ) software

FNB – Webroot® SecureAnywhere™

Nedbank – Rapport

Standard Bank – Trusteer


 Free Online Scanning 

Go to

Click on “Choose File”

Choose the file you want to scan and click on “Ok” Click on “Scan It!”

The results of the scan will be shown, delete the file immediately if any antvirus product indicated the file is a virus (malicious) i.e. the detection ratio is greater than 0.

NOTE: Always click on “Reanalyse” if VirusTotal indicates that the file has already been analysed.  Maximum file size for online scanning is 64MB