What are the differences between Endpoint Security and Antivirus Software?

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Let us understand the concepts of antivirus software and endpoint security.

Antivirus software

It is developed to protect computers from malware like viruses, computer worms, spyware, botnets, rootkits, keyloggers etc. It is a program, mainly performs functions like to scan, detect and remove viruses from your computer.

Examples &mius; Windows Defender, AVG, AVAST, McAfee. Kaspersky etc.

Features of an Effective Antivirus

The features of an effective antivirus are as follows −

  • Default-Deny Protection

  • Auto Sandbox Technology

  • Containment Technology

  • Host Intrusion Protection System (HIPS)


The advantages of an effective antivirus are as follows −

  • Virus protection

  • Web Protection

  • Spam protection

  • Cost effective

  • Firewall feature


The disadvantages of an effective antivirus are as follows −

  • System slowdown

  • Security holes

  • More advertisements

  • No customer support

Endpoint Security

It is nothing but the solution of the digital attacks to the endpoint devices. Endpoints devices are devices which are connected to a company network.

For example − laptop, mobile devices, servers, Iot devices, etc.

Examples of digital attacks are cyber-attacks, data leakage, etc.

When there is a centralized solution to protect all endpoint devices from any types of digital attacks then it is called endpoint protection.

Now-a-days digital attackers are increasing and so endpoint protection is essential for anyone who wants their own endpoint devices secured.

We can highly recommend implementing endpoint protection at a business where we are responsible for system security because as a system security expert it's our full responsibility to protect all endpoint devices from any types of attacks.

When there is talk about an endpoint security solution then client-server always comes into picture. Whenever you are in any network then you are provided a secure connection.

Apart from this, you are always authenticated by your identity to confirm that you are not any type of digital attacker.

Features of an endpoint protection

The features of an endpoint protection are as follows −

  • Device Control − In order to work in a network there should be some Control on devices for better results.

  • Application control − As there are many applications available on the app store. All are not much more secure. Some of them are malicious apps which steal user information from their app. Thus, there should be some control of the application.i.e. malicious applications should be blocked for users so that their endpoint protection remains.

  • Web control − Like applications there are also some online sites which are not https. So if you make any transaction on http sites then it may be leakage of your data as well as malicious attacks on your computers. So to protect devices such sites should also be blocked.

  • Network management − Keep track of all users' activity within your network. If their activity makes a concern of endpoint protection, then we can take action against it.


The different solutions which are available for protecting the corporate devices from any malware activities are as follows −

  • Avast Advanced Endpoint Protection − It is highly recommended as it is the global leader for providing cyber security solutions across the world. Cloud-based technology is used in Avast and it is the world’s largest network of cyber threat detection.

  • McAfee Endpoint Security − It is a centrally managed platform for cyber threat detection. They use advanced machine learning as the technique and is mostly cloud-based.

  • Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection − This is tied up with Windows 10 and it provides a shared platform for detecting malwares. It includes providing alerts across the defender.

Updated on 17-Mar-2022 07:03:42