05/07/2019

Antivirus vs VPN: what better protects in 2019?

Antivirus vs VPN: what better protects in 2019?


The Internet was initially created as a good place: the world library of knowledge available to everyone, a means of communication between people, and the ability to exchange large amounts of data. Today, some people use the Internet for admiring cats and chatting with the opposite sex, but there are those who are engaged in harmful activity. Nowadays, the Internet is a really dangerous place. However, it is logical that in response to the cyber threats there will appear an opposition: antivirus, VPN network, firewall, AdBlock etc. But, what is better?


We will tell you briefly about firewalls and ad blockers (since we have discussed these useful things in other articles). They really work. We obviously need them. Nevertheless, the key role belongs not to them, but to a bunch: VPN network + antivirus.

What are the differences in their protection? Why are they so important for keeping security and privacy on the Internet? Why is one not enough? Which VPN to choose? The best free VPN - can it replace the antivirus? We will answer all these questions in this article.

 

What are the dangers on the Internet?

There are many malicious programs that can hack your devices and then get access to the data stored in them. In fact, some kinds of adds also applies to this category as they infect the browser or other user programs and are constantly appearing as pop-up windows. Moreover, if you do not have protection against viruses these windows can bring you a very unpleasant surprise. But, if a virus protection is installed, they will not appear at all.

Here are the viruses that are common nowadays:

● Trojan 

As the name suggests, it usually hides in the program you need. As a rule, it steals your data, including passwords and bankcards data.

● Worm 

It is not enough for this program to steal your data - the worm quickly turns the entire operating system into ruins.

● Boot viruses

These are viruses that infect the boot sector of a hard disk. By destructiveness they are compared to worms. Fortunately, with the appearance of cloud storages boot viruses became less common.

Antiviruses will protect you from most of these threats. But if viruses were the only threat on the Internet!

Here are other things that can bring you a lot of problems, if you do not use a VPN:

● DNS attacks

A hacker can take advantage of weak sides or find DNS leaks (we’ve discussed them in detail in the other article). The most popular attack of this type is DoS (don’t confuse with the operating system). There were cases when such an attack disabled the devices connected to the Internet.

● Theft of data transmitted to the network 

Cyber fraudsters, spammers and even a very curious state can do this. Hi, Big Brother.

● State blocking of sites and social networks

  • Spammers, including those using premium mobile services 

For example, you have not subscribed to the paid distribution of jokes and horoscope, however the spammer who disguised such a subscription as an innocent link has an opposite point of view.

After reading the previous part of the article, you don’t want to surf the Internet at all? Calm down. We want to remind you that you have an antivirus and a VPN network! It is enough to protect you against almost all threats on the Internet. Let’s consider each of these protections thoughtfully.

Protection against viruses: how does it secure you?

Have you noticed a Windows warning when launching any new file? This usually happens when the application is first launched - a file with the extension .exe. This is a kind of virus protection of the OS itself: if you accidentally launch something that should not be run, the system finds it as dangerous. In general, this can happen when running a file of any type or even when downloading it to a computer.

To prevent this, the antivirus was invented.

Protection against viruses monitors the operating system and all available files 24/7. Once you have turned on the computer, the antivirus is one of the first to start. As soon as the antivirus finds any dubious code or suspicious activity, it immediately isolates it and alerts you. Or, like a good cat, the system “catches” a mouse and brings you a prey.

Viruses are constantly developing, so the protection against viruses should always be the most urgent! Update your antivirus as often as possible!

 

VPN network: how does it protect you

Antiviruses saves your files from attacks, while the VPN network is arranged in a different way. It masks you, hides the real IP address and encrypts absolutely all the data transmitted to the Network. Besides, a VPN network allows you to bypass censorship, watch blocked sites and connect to the ‘banned’ social networks - for example, a VPN allows you to use Vk in Ukraine. Or watch any sites in Russia. Or log in to Facebook from China. A VPN gives you the freedom on the Internet, no matter where you are.

How does a VPN network do this? 

VPNs use the ‘tunneling’ technology. You “break” through the tunnel in the World Wide Web, connecting to the VPN server and viewing all the contents of the sites you need via the VPN. A state or an attacker only sees that you are connected to a server at the end of the world - for example, from Panama, where BroVPN servers are located. So, nobody knows what you are doing there.

Of course, to stay in the background, a good VPN network must have a reliable connection and a ‘fuse’ that disconnects you from the Internet when the connection to the VPN server is lost. It allows you to hide the IP, if the connection to the VPN server has been failed. If you do not do this, you will immediately turn off the stealth mode and reveal your real IP.

This does not mean that the VPN network itself is an antivirus. Although, for example, BroVPN has a number of proprietary security systems like CyberSec, the VPN is not an antivirus in the usual sense. So, you still need an antivirus. For example, you can hide the IP, have a secure connection, download the required file from the mailbox via an absolutely secure channel ... But if this file has been infected and you haven’t checked it with an antivirus, your computer will be attacked by a virus (Although, the VPN has showed that the level of security was impeccable). Therefore, the VPN and the antivirus should work together.

 

VPN or Antivirus?

We deliberately asked you this question again. We hope that you have already understood that one without the other provides only partial protection. The VPN will encrypt your data, your IP and your connection, but it will not protect you against the virus that was accidently missed while downloading the unchecked file. Antivirus will protect you from any interference of Trojans and other cyber-attacks, but it will not protect your data from hackers while using a public Wi-Fi hotspot.

Use the VPN network and antivirus together! BroVPN provides you with the most advanced encryption technologies and modern protocols, such as OpenVPN, L2TP / IPsec, IKEv2 and PPTP - we have analyzed them in a separate article on our blog.

Use VPN and antivirus - take care of your devices and your personal data!

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