Computers are an essential part of our modern, everyday life. Whether you just use one at work, use it only for reading emails or don’t even have internet access, you really need to ensure that you have an adequate anti-virus program installed on your computer – regardless of how careful you think you’re being.
1. Viruses can spread to every computer user around the world… and can easily spread to millions of computers in less than 24 hours.
2. Antivirus is an added level of protection. Malware, such as Trojan viruses and rootkits, can be installed through security flaws in your browser; it is therefore a sensible idea to have another level of protection.
3. Viruses can be installed in various ways, from email, search engine results, sites and even on the back of legitimate software updates for Microsoft Windows and other software programs.
4. Getting your computer fixed after it has been infected with a virus can be extremely expensive… and sometimes involves the cost of a new computer. In 2004 the ‘MyDoom’ virus cost an estimated $40 billion worth of damage.
5. Viruses can be really hard to detect, as they disguise themselves so well.
6. Not all viruses have a financial cost implication… some viruses’ collect your personal information, leaving you open to identity theft. They can cause the loss of home and school work, along with irreplaceable family photos, leading to emotional trauma and upset.
7. Having a layered approach to your computer protection is essential, as no one program is enough to protect you from every attack. Layering antivirus with other security software, such as firewalls and spam filters, is a good starting point.
8. Antivirus software can protect you from phishing attacks. It’s not just the websites you visit and things you download that can contain viruses, links and attachments in emails can contain viruses too. They are designed to look like emails from your bank or PayPal… some even congratulate you on winning a certain amount of money!
9. Protect others by installing antivirus protection. It isn’t just you that is vulnerable to attacks. I f a virus gets onto your computer; it can spread to the other computers in your house… as well as everyone on your email contact list.
10. The more computers that have protection, the slower these viruses will spread. As you protect yourself from real-life viruses, such as the flu, it is also the responsible thing to protect yourself from the virtual viruses on your computer.
With computers now being so integral to our everyday lives, it is essential that you are protected from viruses and threats. There are many free antivirus software programs out there, however they are quite often a scaled down version of the premium product. To ensure you’re fully protected, it is a wise move to invest in the paid version; they don’t often cost a huge amount of money and will enable you to fully protect your computer, whilst helping prevent expensive repair bills in the future.