Believe it or not but your computer is under a constant attack by viruses, spyware, worms and other types of malware which can cause a serious damage to your computer or/and enable hackers and cyber criminals to access your personal information, passwords, etc. And the threats to your computer are getting more numerous and more sophisticated. To stay safe while browsing the web and prevent malware from causing damage to your computer or enabling cyber criminals to access sensitive information, be sure to take care of security.
Basic Security Tools
There are many kinds of security tools and measures to protect yourself from malware and cyber attacks. You probably don’t need everything but you should install at least the basic:
Antivirus software. Like its name suggests, antivirus software will protect your computer from viruses but it will also protect you from a variety of other types of malware including Trojan horses, worms, backdoors, rootkits and more. In addition to preventing “infections”, antivirus software is also designed to detect and remove malware from the computer.
Anti-spyware programme. Besides malware which is seeking to harm your computer, there is also the so-called spyware software which seeks to gain access to information that can be abused by cyber criminals. Anti-spyware programme helps prevent this from happening. Similarly as antivirus software protects your computer from viruses (and often also from other types of malware), anti-spyware software protects you from spyware. It works by preventing spyware from being installed on your computer but it also removes already installed malware programmes.
Firewall. Another basic computer security tool provides protection from various cyber threats by monitoring network packages and blocking any suspicious packages. Unlike most antivirus and anti-spyware software solutions that block as well as remove malware from the system, firewall has no effect on malware that was already installed. Contact a good bespoke software development uk company for expert advice.
For Free Vs For Fee Security Software
Not all antivirus software is the same. Nor are anti-spyware programmes and firewalls. Some are more effective and some offer better protection against a larger number of cyber threats than the others. And in most cases, these are for fee rather than for free which are usually “equipped” only with the most basic features.
Word of Warning
Please keep in mind that malware is being developed on a virtually daily basis and that even the most sophisticated security tools don’t provide 100% protection. Be sure to update your tools on a regular basis and use the Internet and email wisely.