You know those cheesy old horror movies? The one with the piano soundtrack designed to startle? The one’s where the lady is showering with every single door in her creepy old house open to intrusion? Where she hears a noise and runs downstairs, unarmed into an obvious trap?
How do you act when you’re watching those movies? You’re shouting at the screen right? “Don’t do that!” you might scream. “Don’t go in there!”.
Well, that’s probably how us internet-friendly people feel when we see co-workers downloading without proper protection. That means anti-virus and anti-malware software. If you don’t have that installed on your computer, who knows what it is possibly infected with?!
We’ve already spoken on this site at length about ransomware, so you know exactly how nasty invasions by viruses can be. Cyber-crime is a growing industry simply because your data is valuable and companies will pay for it. Let’s have a small refresher on viruses from Webroot:
‘Some computer viruses are programmed to harm your computer by damaging programs, deleting files, or reformatting the hard drive. Others simply replicate themselves or flood a network with traffic, making it impossible to perform any internet activity. Even less harmful computer viruses can significantly disrupt your system’s performance, sapping computer memory and causing frequent computer crashes.’
These breaches can be used by cyber criminals to gain access to your computer. This is where the crime can actually begin as your hard-drive may be at the mercy of a criminal. Over in England, one in ten people have become a victim of cyber-crime. That’s one person in ten too many.
How would you feel if you found out that almost every single one of the dangers lurking on the World Wide Web was completely and utterly avoidable? Well, that’s the truth. You don’t have to be a victim if you don’t want to.
You can fight back against the dangers of the internet with some simple precautions. Keep your security software up to date (and if you don’t have some, look here to find bitdefender coupons). Regularly scan your computer and hard-drive with Make sure the web browser you use to browse internet sites is up to date. If you are warned about certain web pages, do not visit them. Common sense will get you a long way in the battle against cyber-crime.
Slow computers are going to be vulnerable as well as they may not have the power to detect incoming viruses. Make sure your computer is regularly wiped clean of files and software that are not used. Make sure that you do have anti-virus software (yes, it is being said again) and scan your computer.
Who knows what’s on your computer. That’s your business. Your memories, financial information and everything else is yours, and they should never end up in the hands of someone else through a crime. Prevent it today with simple actions.