Anti-virus Software and Updates. Safety Starts Here
Every computer connected to the Internet is under continuous attack. Scammers use cyber-bots, automated programs that run 24/7, to probe every device connected to the Internet looking for any lapse in security. Hackers target individuals and businesses trying to breach databases, bypass firewalls and install malware. And we are inundated with spam containing links to dangerous websites. You simply must have an anti-virus program and keep all of your software up to date to be safe on the Internet.
In one university study, the average online computer was attacked every 39 seconds, or 2,244 times a day.
Your first line of defense is anti-virus software and installing updates for your device’s software.
- Anti-virus software continuously monitors connections to your computer from websites and blocks harmful connections. Anti-virus software also scans emails, attachments, and downloads for viruses. Windows 10 comes with anti-virus, firewall, and network protection. You can also buy 3rd party software, such as Norton AntiVirus, which has additional features, like a VPN (virtual private network) and apps for your smartphone.
- Install software updates as they are released by software manufacturers. There are new security holes discovered every day. Software manufacturers issue updates that patch these holes and protect you as a user. Windows 10 automatically applies these updates. Other programs that you have on your computer may notify you of updates that you need to install or permit.
The rest is up to you
The best hardware and software protections are the easy part. Scammers rely on human error for success. If your anti-virus software flags a message or a website as dangerous, close it and leave!