On average, about a handful out of the customers that call into our tech support hotline during the week, have a computer virus. Proper virus, malware and spyware protection is vital to insure the safety and health of your computer. If you’re not protected you are putting your personal information such as online banking information, passwords, emails, photographs and any other document stored, at risk of being hacked. Most of us have some form of virus protection software installed on our computers, however, not everyone does. Furthermore, not everyone utilizes the software properly, either.
In order for your software to be effective, it has to be up to date. Most programs offer automatic updating but in most cases it’s an option and you have to set it up to pull updates on it’s own. No worries, this is not hard by any stretch of the imagination and most likely will be presented in the initial setup but always make sure you check auto updates. Also, proper use is important to think about. Regularly scanning your computer can greatly increase the effectiveness of the software as well as the overall performance of your computer. Most programs allow you to schedule auto scans but, again, you have to set that up on your own. Once a week is usually sufficient and you can schedule it, in most cases, at a specific time of your choosing.
What kind should you use? Well, in the end, that call is up to you. There are some pretty pricey options and there are some not so expensive options. Anti-Virus software is one of those things in which the most expensive doesn’t necessarily mean the best protection. There are many cheaper, more affordable versions that offer basically the same protection but may not have all the extra features such as smartphone protection. From my personal experience, Webroot has a good basic product for less than $50 which I’ve used in the past. Also, for good protection at no cost, AVG provides a free version of their anti-virus software that covers you in every category you’d need to be covered.
Ultimately, it’s up to you to be vigilant in protecting yourself from online threats. Going without any virus protection should not be an option. With the growing number of hackers and groups that are around for the sole purpose of making others miserable online, it’s just not responsible to ignore online safety. If you ever have any questions regarding your virus protection software or are looking for a little guidance, feel free to gives us a shout.
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