PROS / Symantec offers a complete suite of management features.
CONS / This software doesn't offer email protection.
VERDICT / Symantec's Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition falls right in the middle where functionality and features go head to head. Symantec has high functionality but fewer features than other antivirus software we reviewed.
When considering small business antivirus software, you should assess the most relevant features for your small business. If you are more concerned with top-notch efficiency and effective protection rather than features, then Symantec's Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition can be a reliable option.
Symantec has consistently high scores from AV-TEST, a testing agency that uses high-end resources to evaluate antivirus software. According to data from AV-TEST, Symantec can block any malware that tries to access your devices. AV-TEST results also show that Symantec isn't likely to slow down your devices or interrupt your employees with false positives.
Symantec also has management features most helpful in a small business antivirus software. With Symantec's program, you can host the antivirus software in the cloud, which means you need fewer resources, for both equipment and personnel. If you already have an IT department and computer equipment, you can also choose to host the software onsite.
This software, like many other antivirus software we reviewed, has a centralized management dashboard. This is a crucial element for managing your network and keeping your devices safe. From the management console you can configure your security settings, run reports and immediately assess the health and safety of your business.
While Symantec has high test results and solid management features, it falls behind in certain security features and support. Again, it's up to you to decide which features are truly relevant to your small business.
With Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition you get basic protection from malware and have access to internet protection. Internet protection allows you to filter content by category, block sites that you don't want accessed from your devices, and the software also scans websites and blocks any that are harmful. However, outside of basic malware detection and internet protection, there aren't many other security features like email protection. You'll need to find another method for blocking spam as this software won't filter email.
From the Symantec website, you can access help by phone or its FAQs, but there's no email option to submit a ticket to technical support. Depending on your preference, not being able to email your questions can be a setback.
Symantec's Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition earns high marks from AV-TEST for protection and usability. However, this antivirus software doesn't scan email, a vulnerability in today's digital age. It might be the best choice for antivirus protection for your small business but that depends on the features and functions most important for your business and your security.