Does G Suite Protect from Viruses? Do I need Antivirus in 2019? | Google Cloud Security

Does G Suite Protect from Viruses? Do I need Antivirus in 2019? | Google Cloud Security


– What’s up, guys? Pete Moriarty, here. And in this video, covering: Do I still need an antivirus in 2018? Great question from Ron. Thanks very much for answering. Thanks very much for asking, sorry. And let’s talk about antivirus. It’s 2018, and viruses have
kinda taken a back seat to a couple of other digital threats that are happening, now. Now, one of those is phishing, where someone steals your information through a fake email, right. So that might be a fake bank email. It might be a fake email
from the tax office. And you click on that,
and you go to a page which looks like your login page to Google or to your bank or to wherever
you put in your details. And then, you know, they
start draining your accounts or stealing your identity. Now, number two is the CryptoLocker. This one’s really bad. It’s also called ransomware. And that is when your
computer becomes encrypted. All the files get locked down. And you have to pay a ransom of some sort, whether it be a bitcoin or something else, to actually get the code to
un-encrypt all of your files. They’ve been around for
a couple of years, now, and they’re getting pretty nasty. The traditional virus, which
destroys apps on your computer, starts to serve you ads
and popups, yeah sure, some of them would try
and steal your information or log your keystrokes. But the kinda older-school
viruses have taken a bit of a back seat to
these two, new threats. So do you still need
the antivirus software on your computer? Yes, it’s still a good idea, if you’re on a Windows
machine or if you’re on a Mac. So on a Windows machine,
they’re the most susceptible. Macs, to a much lesser extent, but there are still Mac viruses, also. But if you are on a Chromebook,
you’re gonna be fine. Don’t need to worry about it because there are no know viruses. There are some vulnerabilities in Chrome, but no known, major viruses on Chrome Os 2 warrant installing antivirus
software on a Chromebook. Now, what about mobiles? That’s an interesting question, and people ask us about that. There are third party solutions which can help keep
your mobile locked down, that can monitor your browsing
and those kind of things. If you’re on iOS, I
probably wouldn’t bother. I’d be careful with the apps
that you’re downloading. I wouldn’t jailbreak the
device or anything like that. Not really necessary these days. But iOS is pretty darn tight because the APIs are all very
tightly controlled by Apple. On an Android device, you may consider it, but I don’t personally bother. If you are downloading apps
from the Google Play Store, if you’re on Android, most
apps, now, are Google-verified. So there’s Play Store Protect. It’s a verification process
for apps that apps go through. And Google kind of okays them before they then go into the app store. And if you’re only
downloading popular apps like Instagram and, you know,
the Google Suite of Apps and maybe Facebook and maybe a bank app and those kind of things,
you’re probably gonna be safe. If you’re the kind of person who downloads third-party apps or random
apps from the internet, from outside of the Google Play App Store, then you might consider
an antivirus solution. But if not, you’re probably gonna be fine. So how do you protect
yourself against CryptoLocker and phishing on a local machine? Let’s say you’ve got a Windows
machine, or you’ve got a Mac. And you wanna protect your desktop. That’s a good idea. The recommended solution that
we have is called Webroot. And that’s cloud-based antivirus software. Now, what that does; well,
it’s kinda cloud-hybrid. What that does is it
does most of the thinking and the threat analytics
in the cloud, online, so it doesn’t use up so much of the energy of your local machine. And then what it does is
it delivers those updates and analytics multiple times a day, down to your local computer, which means that it’s
quite a lightweight load on the local machine. Most of the hard work has
been done in the cloud, like everything these days. And it means that you still
get really good protection from CryptoLockers and from phishing. And Webroot, in particular,
is one of the best rated solutions to actually protect you against those CryptoLocker viruses. It’s not completely infallible. There are still ways
that you can, you know. If you open up an email attachment and the scanner doesn’t quite get to it, and you force open that document
in Outlook, for example, then you can still get a
computer that’s CryptoLockered. So what do you do? If you still have that potential risk of having a CryptoLocker
virus in your computer, how do you protect against that? Now, backup is, of course, important. But I, these days, I don’t
really recommend a local backup. There a little bit hard to manage. No one remembers to plug in
the USB drive and to do it. You know, every now and again,
when something does go wrong, you’re gonna go, “Oh,
crap, I haven’t backed up “in the last two months.” And for business owners
that like to move around quite a lot, it’s just
a little bit of a pain. Also, times that by 20,
if you’ve got 20 staff and 20 computers in the office,
gets a little bit messy. So the philosophy that I have, instead, is put everything into
your Google G Suite. So Google Drive, Google Docs,
have even your, you know, if you’ve got Microsoft
FAST hangin’ around at the business, that’s fine. Put ’em all into Google Drive. And then, protect your Google account. Because if your local desktop
is backed up to Google, using Google Backup and Sync, if all of your files are
sitting inside of Google Drive, then you’re able to, basically, just backup that Google Suite. And then, you’ve got
everything taken care of. So if a CryptoLocker hits you, if a phishing attack hits you, then you’re more likely protected within the Google ecosystem. So what tool do we use for that? That is Backupify. And I’ve got a separate
video on Backupify, which I will happily
link below, for you guys, so you can learn about how
that helps protect your data when you’re utilizing G Suite. Now, you might be sayin’, “Well,
Pete, what about phishing? “How do I stop myself from
clicking on a bad link “and having that open
up and me, potentially, “put my information into there?” Well, phishing, with your Google account, if you switch on
two-factor authentication, then two-factor authentication
will actually protect 99% of the phishing problems that happen when someone tries to get
into your Google account. I can’t protect you, unfortunately, from going to a site that
looks like your bank site and put in your bank details. You’re gonna have to be
vigilant with that one. But Google spam filtering
does a pretty darn good job of filtering out most phishing attempts. And also, you have the added protection of two-factor authentication
on your Google account, which is available for free, if you need to protect
your Google account, which we strongly, strongly recommend. All right, cool, quick
recap. (claps hands) Do you still need antivirus? On Mac and on a PC, probably a good idea. On a mobile device, you’re
probably gonna be fine as long as you’re using popular apps from either the iOS or
the Android app store. If you are interested in
antivirus for your Mac or your PC, Webroot, my team can help
get you hooked up with that. So just send us a message down below, and we’ll be more than
happy to help out with that. Or you can visit itgenius.com, and our team will get in touch. But if you wanna get everything backed up in your cloud world, inside of G Suite, we recommend Backupify. And that’s gonna help get
everything sorted, there. ‘Til next time, catch ya later. Leave any comments right below the video, and we’ll catch you the next one, cheers.

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