Republish Article: Internet Security and Anti-virus Software – Why Buy It?

Internet Security and Anti-virus Software – Why Buy It?

Author: Chris Derenberger

Let's talk a little about the impact of viruses, Internet related threats and how they effect your computer and privacy.

First off, is it really necessary to have anti-virus and firewall software installed on your computer? Afterall, with only 200 new threats created daily, who really cares? Is it really that big of a deal if hackers are able to access your computer, look through your data, user names, passwords, and account information? Seriously, is identitiy theft really that important to you? Or what about the viruses that cause your computer to go so slow you think you will never be able to load your Internet browser. Why should you worry about malware that can cause your system files to be destroyed or your favorite family photos stored on your computer to disappear in an instant? Does it concern you that your email can be sent to thousands of spam sites and pop-ups are all over your screen offering you software to fix your computer?

Any idea what causes these types of issues? How about malware, which broken down is short for malicious software such as viruses, trojans, worms, rootkits, spyware, adware, I think you get the point. Oh wait, I forgot, you have a customized super sized computer that is not vulnerable to viruses. When I hear people tell me this, I tend to wait and act surprised when they come back saying, "oh no, I got a virus".

It does not matter how sophisticated your computer is, you are vulnerable to malware! If you don't have internet security software installed on your pc, you are at risk of being infected with viruses, spyware and even hackers that want nothing more than to steal your information.

So what should you do now that you already have viruses on your computer? Well you could download the latest internet security software and hope it will detect, delete or repair the infected files. Many times you will have to do a re-format of your harddrive which will cause you to lose everything on your computer so be sure to save what you want first. If you do a re-format, it has to be done properly, or it will not delete the viruses. I would recommend you to contact your local computer shop.

Although Internet security and anti-virus software will protect you against these threats, no software is guaranteed to block 100% of all malware. Many of these threats are found on websites that you visit and files that you download such as video's, music and pictures. If you use peer to peer file sharing, I am sure you already know all about viruses and spyware. Want a hint? Stop downloading from those sites and you will stop getting viruses.

Okay, here are a couple internet security software programs I recommend that offer the best protection, features and support. First is Security Shield 2008, this is a rebrand of F-Secure and is absolutely amazing and easy to use. Another is Kaspersky Internet Security, another well designed software program with hourly updates.

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Republish Article: New Internet Security Technology for Malware ATtacks

New Internet Security Technology for Malware ATtacks

Author: Kristin Gabriel

Web based threats or malicious software called malware – hostile, intrusive, or annoying program code – is designed to infiltrate your computer system without your consent. It includes computer viruses, spyware, Trojan horses, worms, adware, rootkits, botnets, crimeware, and other unwanted software. Titanium strength technology is a must for combating malware.

The US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation says that malware involves organized Internet crime. In 2009, businesses lost $120 million in the third quarter to phishing and Trojan-based online banking scams. $25 million was lost by small businesses. Today a cyber-criminal's objective is to make money from invading your computer at home and at work. There are less computer viruses or worms but we are seeing more phishing attacks and spam numbers are exploding with organized crime and more pieces of malware.

Although tracking browsing habits and advertising are part of the crimes, primarily these are targeted attacks that use computer systems for criminal activities. Anti-virus software has been retired in lieu of more savvy in-the-cloud technology geared to automatically stop viruses and spyware for complete Internet security.

In an annual report of the FBI-backed Internet Crime Complaint Center, Internet crime loss complaints in the United States have almost doubled in value from $265 million in 2008 to $560 million in 2009. The total dollar loss from all referred cases was $559.7 million with a median dollar loss of $575. At 65.4 percent, the U.S ranked highest for the number of perpetrators. These statistics are why Internet security and safety is critical today. The Center also reported that the unit handled 336,655 complaints in 2009.

The challenge is that malware works fast in stealth mode, and data-stealing malware can cause damage via one click which can compromise a company's reputation or personal confidential data.

Here are some basic guidelines for safe computing online:

1.) Always install Microsoft's critical updates – the monthly software updates designed to patch security vulnerabilities and threats. It is critical to install monthly updates from Microsoft.

2.) Make sure you have installed anti-virus/spyware/malware protection. Watch for cloud technology to automatically stop viruses and spyware before they reach your computer.

3.) Add a Firewall to block a hacker's attempts to access your computer. Windows® XP, Windows Vista® and Windows 7® all have firewals which block and filter Internet traffic so harmful programs like viruses and spyware don't have access.

4.) Install Opera,Firefox, or Chrome as a second browser because most spyware and viruses target Internet Explorer. Often a virus is designed to keep Internet Explorer from accessing the Internet when a computer becomes infected with spyware.

5.) Always disable JavaScript – viruses and spyware are using Javascript to launch attacks so you should disable or at least change the browser setting to ask before running Javascript.

6.) Do not ever open email attachments from someone you don't know – as it is a fact that most all viruses infect computers through email attachments. One should click on the attachment and delete the email immediately whenever you get an email from someone you do not know.

7.) Do not install programs off the Internet. The Internet is full of websites designed to trick you into downloading spyware and viruses. When ou see random pop-ups from an Internet site asking you to install something, especially a ".exe" file – just say no.

8.) Don't forget to back up all your critical data – bills, banking or tax information, school work, email or other critical information on your computer. Create a weekly backup by using an external hard drive, a flash drive or subscribe to one of the many online backup services.

Traditional content security solutions are simply not fast enough to keep pace with the thousands of new attacks being created on an hourly, basis. But there are exciting new technologies that can assist consumers and enterprises alike in fighting the war against cybercrime.

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Kristin Gabriel is a marketing professional working with Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security for Netbooks which uses cloud technology to automatically stop viruses and spyware before they reach your computer. Real-time updates keep PCs protected from the latest online threats. Using less than half the disk space and memory of traditional security products, Titanium is light on system resources so computers run faster. Visit: http:/ .
There are a number of Web based threats or malicious software called malware – hostile, intrusive, or annoying program code – designed to infiltrate your computer system without your consent. It includes computer viruses, spyware, Trojan horses, worms, adware, rootkits, botnets, crimeware, and othe unwanted software. Malware requires titanium strength technology to combat it.