Internet Security

  • Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition vs Endpoint Protection

    Symantec Endpoint Protection LogoChoosing the Right AntiVirus Software - Endpoint Vs Endpoint Small Business

    Deciding on an antivirus used to be simple - there were only a few product options and features to keep track of, and purchasing licenses were relatively straightforward. Today, with the introduction of cloud computing, advanced threat protection, and increased users counts, narrowing down your options can be more difficult. Fortunately, we're here to help -

    This quick guide is designed to help you properly narrow down the right Symantec anti-virus application for your small business or enterprise environment.

    Which Version Of Endpoint Is Best for My Needs?

    Symantec offers several different packages of anti-virus software, the most popular being Symantec Endpoint Protection and Endpoint Small Business Edition. These applications come in a variety of different trim levels, ranging from 1-24 users, 25-49 users and 50-99 users. Endpoint protection includes a variety of new features, but is typically licensed for large enterprise environments with over 250+ users. Small Business edition lacks a few of the bells and whistles that come standard in Endpoint Protection but proves to be a more affordable solution for businesses with under 99 users.

    Endpoint protection comes in two basic trim levels:

    Comparing Features & Quality of Protection

    The good news is all of the aforementioned Symantec products offer levels of protection against a wide range of threats and detect malicious codes. Endpoint delivers constant defense against all types of files, network elements and computer domains that could be subject to attack by viruses and malware. Below is a comparison of the features found in each edition:

    Endpoint Protection

    • AntiVirus & Antispyware
    • Desktop Firewall
    • Intrusion Prevention
    • Device & Application Control
    • USB Device Control
    • Advanced Protection For Virtual Environments

    Endpoint Small Business Edition:

    • AntiVirus & Antispyware
    • Desktop Firewall
    • Intrusion Prevention
    • Additional Messaging & Web Security Features (reputation-based spam filtering, antiphishing, content filtering & compliance, + more)
    • System Backup & Recovery

    Pricing & Licensing Cost

    The Small Business edition remains the cheaper option between the two. Pricing remains relatively the same between user and device quantities. Users have the option to purchase in 1 and 3-year increments. If you opt for the 3 year you will receive a considerable price discount, in addition to any updates and patches that may be released during that time. Unless you are a large organization with over 250+ users, or you require Advanced Protection for a Virtual Environment, you should opt for the Small Business edition. Current pricing is as follows:

    Endpoint Small Business Edition (1-24 Users @ 1 yr) - $23.50

    Endpoint Small Business Edition (1-24 Users @ 3 yr) - $46.20

    Endpoint Protection (1-24 Users @ 1 yr) - $39.99

    Endpoint Protection (1-24 Users @ 3 yr) - $56.99

    Have Questions? Get In Touch

    Have questions related to Symantec Endpoint software? Contact our in-house licensing desk. Receive a free consultation and let us recommend the best version for you. Royal Discount is a certified software reseller and Symantec Partner. To get in touch with our Licensing department, call us direct at 1-877-292-7712.


  • Backup Your Most Important Data

    Back Up Your Data With OneDrive
    Many of us have important files on our computer, but it seems like people don’t know how to take care of them. As a responsible computer user, it is essential that you always back up your most important files and have a plan for recovering from a system failure.

    I often hear end-users say that they don’t have important files on their computer, so they don’t really need to do backups. That’s not true. The truth is, all the important memories in our lives are being looked after by technology – family pictures, vacation photos, wedding photos graduation photos, financial documents etc. It’s really sad when people say that their hard drive died and they lost all their pictures with it. These photos may not cost you money, but losing all those memories can be difficult.

    Most businesses also rely on soft data. Think of all the projects, files, documents, emails, spread sheets, databases and software on your computer. Now imagine what would happen if you lose all these in an instant. What would your clients say? What would happen to your business?

    You may have protected your computer form viruses, malware and other potential threats, but are you backing up your files regularly? Yes, we understand that this can be a chore for most people since the initial setup could take hours, but your data is valuable.

    Backing up your files is advantageous since you can retrieve some, if not all, of your information in case something happens to your computer. Recreating these data will take time and effort. Worse, some of them cannot be recreated at all.

    The most important files to backup are your pictures, documents, music and other files you can’t replaced easily. If you use your computer every day, please try to back up files you use most often at least every week. If you can do it every day, much better.

    If you’ve put off backing up your computer for too long, now is the perfect time to do so. You never know when your computer would give up or malicious software would destroy the information it holds.


  • Antivirus Myths Debunked

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    Debunking Common Anti Virus Myths

    Everyone wants to keep their computers and mobile devices running smoothly. That’s why we sign up for antivirus, right?

    Over the years, antivirus software has steadily evolved, but a number of obsolete myths still persist. With all these myths spreading around, people find it difficult to separate the facts from the lies.

    Allow us to take a few minutes of your time and share with you some of the most prevalent myths regarding antivirus software.

    My PC is safe because I have installed an antivirus software

    This is probably one of the biggest misconceptions about antivirus. You have to understand that viruses are specially built to trick the anti-xxx capabilities of the software. These viruses are created by people who have advanced knowledge of both viruses and anti-virus software.

    Free antivirus is enough

    It can be tempting to go the unpaid route when it comes to digital protection. There’s no point paying if you download a free trial, right? Wrong! Many of these free antivirus programs only offer basic protection. You need a paid antivirus in order to keep your computer safe against malware and viruses.

    Viruses are created by antivirus companies

    The average users may find this easy to believe. It kind of seems like a good business idea after all. You create a virus, and then sell a software that would keep the devices secure. But that’s not the case.

    The truth is, attackers are the ones who create new viruses in an attempt to keep up with the newer and more up-to-date versions of antivirus software.

    Viruses are only for Windows

    It is true that MAC computers suffer fewer attacks as compared to those that are running on Windows. But that doesn’t mean that MACs don’t get viruses.

    Over the years, attackers have spent most of their time designing viruses for Windows. (due to it's dominance in the OS market place). But now that Apple has gained traction in both private and public sectors, you can never be too complacent. Regardless of the operating system it is always important to protect your devices from hackers and viruses. For more information on backup & security options, contact the experts at Royal Discount software.


  • Tips for Creating a Strong Password

    Creating A Strong Password

    We live in a password-driven world. We are required to create a password for every account that we make online. They provide the first line of defense against hackers and malicious software.

    Security experts often advise us to use strong passwords at all times. But what qualifies as a strong password?

    Here are 4 tips for creating an unbreakable password.

    Minimum of 12 characters

    While it’s fine to use an 8-character password, we’d like to stress the importance of using a long password. Longer passwords are much harder to crack. Go for passwords with at least 12 characters.

    Mix it up

    To make the password harder to crack, use a mix of different types of characters. Include capital letters, lower-case letters, numbers, symbols and punctuations. Instead of bighouse, try BigH0use$123.

    Avoid common passwords

    Avoid using places, names, birthdays, dates and dictionary words as password. A lot of people use the name of their kids or pets, anniversary date, city of birth, favorite team or even their car license plates as their password. Guess what? That's not a strong password, even if you combine them with numbers. Why? It’s because these are the types of information that hackers would want to know first. If you do use any of these as your password, it would only take a few minutes before they gain access to your accounts.

    Use different passwords

    Why would you use a different password for different accounts when you can easily type in your favorite password? The answer is simple. If your password gets cracked, then the person will now have access to all your accounts – email, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, PayPal, bank accounts etc. You can say goodbye to your funds in an instant. Do yourself a favor and use a different password for every account.

    Add an extra layer of protection

    Add an extra layer of protection by enabling 2-step verification. Here, users are required to type in their username and password, along with the code that will be sent to their mobile phone. So even if the hacker gets a hold of your username and password, he still can’t access your account because he doesn’t have your phone.

    For additional tips and information on data security, contact our licensing experts at Royal. We specialize in affordable, legal oem and retail software sales and support. For more information, call us Monday-Friday at 1-877-292-7712.


  • Essential Techniques to Protect Your Online Privacy

    If anyone asks you how much you care about your privacy, you’ll probably tell that person that you care a lot. But if you really do, how come everyone knows what’s going in your life? You post tons of information on social media, share your personal information with vendors and manage your bank accounts online.

    There are a lot of people who want to get a hold of your personal information. Malicious hackers are trying to hack your email and social media accounts and are trying to steal from you. Good thing is, there are steps you can take to protect your privacy online.

    Follow the tips below to help increase your online privacy.

    Think before sharing your personal information

    Check to see if the website has a privacy policy page before entering your personal information. If there isn’t, then leave the site immediately. If they didn’t bother to create a privacy policy, then you can’t trust them with sensitive information.

    Turn on private browsing

    Every company that advertises online wants to gather as much information about you. They want to what you like, who you’re friends with on social media and what you buy. They do this because they want to serve you with relevant ads and sell you more products and services. If you don’t want anyone to see where you're hanging out online, be sure to enable private browsing.

    Hide your IP address

    Your ISP assigns an IP address to your device. Each time you use the Internet, your activities are logged by your ISP. Because of this, they can identify your name, location, sites you visit, the browser you use, emails you have sent and receive and pretty much everything you do online.

    Using a VPN is one of the most important steps to protect your privacy. Nobody will be able to associate what you’re doing with who you are since your connection is encrypted.

    Guard your birth date and contact number

    Your birth date is a key piece of information many providers use for verification. The same goes for your contact numbers. Try not to display this information, if possible. For the latest security news, information and releases, contact our software licensing experts at Royal Discount. We are a Certified Microsoft, Symantec and Adobe partner specializing in bulk purchases & discounts. Call us direct at 1-877-292-7712.