If you have a small business, you know corporate antivirus can be very expensive. Illegitimately, you could just use the free, or “personal” versions of great products like Avast or AVG, as well as Microsoft’s own Security Essentials (MSE). But we should do the right thing, which can be hard in a recession. Well folks, Microsoft has come to our rescue once again. Starting in October, Microsoft Security Essentials will be free for installation on up to 10 PCs in your biz. That’s right, no licensing hassles, no trialware issues – just pure antimalware goodness. Details from Microsoft’s post are below:
As we continue to evolve security and privacy at Microsoft, we are doing more than securing our own products and refining our own processes – we are continually responding to the growing and changing threat landscape. Despite the proliferation and increasing impact of threats in the environment, many consumers and small businesses, both in mature and emerging markets remain unprotected. There are several reasons for this:
- Performance Concerns: Customers worry that antimalware software can impact the performance of their machines and degrade their computing experience.
- Customer Confusion: Many customers are confused by trials and annual subscription renewals, in many cases believing their PCs are covered when in fact their subscriptions have expired and they are at risk.
- Payment Method Barriers: Traditional online subscription and payment models do not work in emerging markets where customer and small business credit is not always readily available.
- Cost: Many consumers and an increasing number of small businesses are either unwilling or unable to pay the ongoing subscription costs for the security suite solutions that come on their PCs.
It is for these reasons that we are announcing that in early October Microsoft will make Microsoft Security Essentials available to small businesses for download and installation on up to 10 PCs. This new availability will allow small businesses to take advantage of Microsoft’s no-cost antimalware service that will help them save time, save money and remain productive while protecting them from viruses, spyware and other malicious threats. With Microsoft Security Essentials, small businesses with less than 10 PCs can feel safe knowing they are using an industry certified antimalware that utilizes the same core malware protection engine that drives Microsoft’s enterprise solutions solution and is backed by Microsoft’s leading Security Response resources.