Introduction to email antivirus and antimalware scanners

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Email is one of the most important and widely used communication methods in business today providing a fast and efficient means for staff members and customers to communicate with one another in a near instantaneous manner, and one which provides a record of the communication for reference.

It is also one of the pathways hackers, or any othe malicious parties for that matter, seek to exploit to gain access to your business and any of the sensitive information which may be communicated during your day to day activites.

Unfortunately, email based malware becomes increasingly sophisticated and more difficult to detect with each passing year, and as the recent ransomware attack, which affected businesses and organisations globally, shows, the potential fall out can be extremely damaging.

This is why it is absolutely critical that your business or website makes use of antivirus and antimalware scanning technology. Every time you send and recieve an email with an attachment, the software will scan and risk assess the attachment before allowing you to open it reducing the possibility of malware infection.

Now it may be that it is highly unusual for you to recieve email attachments during the course of your work, in which case you’d likely be suspicious if you were to recieve one, but this isn’t the case for everyone and this is where an email antivirus/malware scanner can help act as a safety net.

At our customer accounts are protected by ClamAV, an open source, multi platform antivirus and malware scanner which runs server side so that all of our customers benefit from its protection at all times with no set up required on their part. However with that said, some of our customers choose to run an additional and entirely separate scanner which helps provide a more well rounded and robust level of protection as the different scanning engines compensate for each others weaknesses. This feature is enabled on all web hosting plans which includes our standard web hosting as well as our business hosting

There are a number of great options to choose from, from a number of highly reputable developers, so if you’re interested choose one which has the features you need and falls within your price range and you’ll be far far less likely to suffer at the hands of an email-borne malware infection.

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