Installing a third-party antivirus software is one of the first things we all do after purchasing or re-installing Windows on our PCs. Majority of Windows users are aware of the importance of using a good security software and have installed one of the popular security software available for Windows operating system.
Even though many of the free antivirus software out there for Windows are simply good, it’s always important to go for the best antivirus software.
Many Windows users are under the impression that having an antivirus software is all that’s required to keep viruses, malware, trojans and other malicious items at bay. Even though having a good antivirus software will certainly help protect your PC, there are some other things that also need your attention to keep your safe. For instance, keeping your Windows and other installed software up-to-date is one of the important things that most users don’t pay regular attention to.
Long time PC users probably will know how to protect their PC from malicious things but novice users more often than not aren’t sure how to keep their PC protected. To help all PC users know the status their PCs security, OPSWAT has released a free tool named Security Score.
OPSWAT Security Score scans your PC for the status all installed security products and then provides a security score for your PC. Security Score checks the status of firewall, public file sharing, antivirus, anti-phishing, backup, patch management, and hard disk encryption then provides a score to these areas along with suggestions to improve the security.
For instance, when we tested Security Scan on one of out test machines, we got an overall score of 78 out of 100 as Security Scan found issues in antivirus, public file sharing, and hard drive encryption areas.
As you can see in the above picture, we got zero score out of ten for hard disk encryption as encryption was disabled, 20 out of 30 for antivirus as we hadn’t performed a full system scan, and a score of 3 out of 5 for public file sharing as we had installed a popular torrent software just before installing OPSWAT Security Score.
For those who are curious, we really have no idea how installing a public file sharing software increases the risk of malware infection, as downloading a file from the web using a web browser is as dangerous as downloading something using the file sharing software.
Clicking on an area where you PC hasn’t scored full marks will show recommendations to improve the security. Using this tool is extremely easy. Download the setup and install Security Score to automatically scan your PC and rate it. Overall, it’s a good tool for novice users to check if the security status of their PCs without much hassles.