Many people consider antivirus extensions for their browsers a safety measure to use while browsing the web. Antivirus software has been around for decades, but the browser extensions are relatively new. Many experts differ on the topic if the extensions are useful or not. Some even think they should never be used.

Antivirus extensions

We will take a look at the pros and cons of using antivirus extensions for your browser and provide interesting insights from long-time users.

The case for antivirus extensions

Many popular browsers like Chrome, Opera, and Safari already have robust systems built in that ensure that users are protected from any malware, trojans, scams, and other malicious software. However, many users still choose to use antivirus browser extensions to provide an additional layer of protection from the dark corners of the web.

Even though opinions on the topic differ, many people just like having antivirus extensions for their peace of mind. Many experts say that if you have been around the internet for a while you don’t need additional protection telling you which sites are safe and which are not.

An avid fan of antivirus extensions, Jake from Great Britain shared his experience with us. “I have been using antivirus extensions for almost three years now and it has made my web browsing experience so much more positive. I don’t need to stress over which websites are safe to use and which are not. I trust the green check next to the links that the extension provides,” he said. Even those who know ins and outs of browsing swear by their extensions, but there is a large group on the other side, who completely despise antivirus browser extensions.

The case against antivirus extensions

“I’m a professional gambler and I use online casinos fairly often. I added antivirus extensions to my browser in hopes of making my online gambling experience better. However, what I got was completely opposite – I could no longer access some of my favorite sites and I couldn’t see new offers from my online casinos of choice,” Paul from Canada told us. Indeed, there are many people who rely on online advertising to be in the know of upcoming events and promotions from their favorite companies.

Many Canadians, like Paul, enjoy online gambling; therefore it’s important for them to stay up-to-date about what their favorite online casinos are offering. The coveted live roulette for Canadian players is one of the favorites that online casinos can offer. The online gambling industry is booming in Canada with hundreds of new users signing up each day. Playing everything from classic blackjack to slots and live roulettes, Canadians often pass their time gambling online. Any hindrance to their use of online casinos, be it antivirus software or anything else, would be seen as very unwelcome.

There are many other users like Paul who prefer to be the judges of the trustworthiness of the websites they visit. Some even go as far as to say that antivirus software are the thing of the past. Moving forward some experts state that antivirus software will soon become obsolete, as many operating systems have developed their security tremendously.

Conclusion

Such a radical stance on the antivirus software might be a little early, however, at the end of the day, you should be the judge if you are in need of the browser extension or not. There is no shame in wanting extra protection, especially if your browsing activities mainly include online shopping and sharing sensitive personal information online.

Indeed, how and what for you use the internet should determine if you’re in need of a browser extension. Even though some say only novices would be unable to distinguish between genuine and fake websites trying to scam you, there are days when we are tired and just want to enjoy mindlessly browsing, not really paying attention. You can’t always be under pressure to detect ingenuine websites that might affect your system. There should be no shame in that, therefore, in such cases the browser extensions are life-savers.

All in all, as the developers further perfect the operating systems to include all the necessary privacy safeguards, many people will still use antivirus browser extensions. Whether in favor of it or not, you should be aware of the pros and cons of both options entail and make an informed decision.

If you have been using the browser extensions for years without running into any problems, you should probably keep it for the time being. If the forecast of some experts becomes true and there will come a future where the built-in security features of our gadgets will be enough to protect us, you will probably find out and only then uninstall your extension that has been checking your links for years.

Chris McdonaldTechnology
Many people consider antivirus extensions for their browsers a safety measure to use while browsing the web. Antivirus software has been around for decades, but the browser extensions are relatively new. Many experts differ on the topic if the extensions are useful or not. Some even think they should...