GFI Cloud Review

Overview

GFI Cloud is one of the most unique antivirus programs available today. Unlike most of their competitors, this is based on cloud technology and aimed squarely at small to mid-sized businesses. This type of protection can be a huge help to those businesses that have a number of remote and off-site workers (or workstations). Having been around since 1992, the company seems to really understand how to put the “cloud” to effective use. The process of registering and then adding computers to your account is very simple and straightforward. Of course, managing and protecting your network is also very simple.

 

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Features & Highlights

The antivirus software offered by GFI Cloud is aimed directly at business users. One of the best features is the fact that it is incredibly easy to sign up and actually configure all of your computers or workstations, whether there are 10 or 1,000. Additional, once the service is up and running it is incredibly fast and efficient. It offers antivirus protection along with asset and network monitoring and the ability to managing everything remotely. It even comes with a real free 30 day trial, no need to even provide a credit card.

The GFI Cloud antivirus service has received some decent rankings from a variety of evaluation and testing organizations. A number of magazines including PC World have also written favorable reports. There really is not an actual range of service plans offered. Since everything is geared towards business users, there are discounts for multi-year terms, although an initial purchase will require signing up a minimum of 10 computers or workstations. As far as additional extra features, we think you will really enjoy the web-based control console and use of local agents to remotely manage all of your units.

Internet Security Suite

There is no specific internet security suite offered through these services. However, everything is integrated in a single basic package which has almost the same effect. Instead of having tools like parental controls, the installation of local agents on individual computers allows for total remote access. This means that you can see exactly where those users have been and even control what type of access they can have. Furthermore, the service can be completely customized, with a different level for each local agent/machine. This is the power of cloud computing in your fingertips.

Pricing

There is no doubt that with a price tag of $12 per year, per machine this can be a rather large investment, depending upon the size and complexity of your business. However, consider the fact that you absolutely need to have some type of antivirus, spyware, malware and additional protection. As far as business options go, it does not pay to try and find the cheapest solution since this usually means sacrificing protection and service. Additionally, having the ability to remotely manage all of your computers and freeing up time and resources should allow this investment to be recouped rather quickly.

If you're going for the longer run, you get a 10% discount on a 2-year subscription and a 20% discount on a 3-year subscription, when you make the 10-computer minimum purchase.

Customer Support

Obtaining support through GFICloud is easy enough. You can actually even reach help through a single click while logged on to the cloud console. There are also a host of toll free phone support numbers listed on the website. Just make sure to pick your region or country, since there are quite a few. There is also an email address which will go right to the help and support department. You will receive a helpful response normally within an hour or two, depending on when you enter your request.

Ease of Use

Many people are under the impression that using cloud based computing technology is complicated and almost unmanageable. With the introduction of this service several years ago, GFI has completely disproved this theory. You literally only have to download the software and install according to very simple instructions. From this point, you simply log into your back office portal (remember it is all hosted on the cloud) and choose the actual services that you want. It can also be managed remotely.

Bottom Line

This is a very powerful and unique service that allows you to really exercise whatever level of control you wish over your business network. It is incredibly reliable and runs fairly fast and efficiently.

 

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