Internet Safety and Security

Published: 10th March 2010
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Internet safety and security are the two major problems facing computer users today. In this world of the internet, almost every person is accustomed to the online world. All computer users need to understand the dangers of the internet and how to stay safe online. New threats are released on the internet every ten minutes.

One of the biggest concerns computer users in today's world face is the existence of virus. Viruses are programs designed by hackers to install on computers without the user knowing and crash the computer. A virus gets into the registry destroying it and eventually the computer crashes. When this occurs it can cost hundreds of dollars to get fixed and no guarantee the data can be saved. Internet safety starts with installing anti-virus software to protect against these threats.

Anti-virus software comes in two different forms, internet security suites and anti-virus software. Internet security software is designed to provide the maximum internet safety. The security suites comes with a anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-malware software. It also comes with a firewall and spam protection. Spam is the leading way in which viruses get installed on computes. You get an email the contains an attachment that holds the virus. Once the email has been clicked on the virus is launched and the computer is infected.

Internet security suites also provide greater value for money. A security suites comes with a 3 Pc license designed to protect all household computer. The average household today has more than one computer so you need protection for every computer. If your household has a high speed internet connection or wireless connection than an internet security is mandatory.

The second form of safety software is just anti-virus plus anti-spyware. This software is only designed to protect computers from just these two threats. It doesn't have all the extra safety features included in internet security suites. Anti-virus software doesn't protect computers form identity theft and phishing attacks. This software only comes with a single Pc license and costs almost as much.

Anti-virus software is specifically designed to protect the causal internet users. It is directed at someone who goes online and just to read the new or check email. It isn't designed for individuals who are using social networking sites or playing games. Social networking and games sites are some of the most targeted sites. Spyware and malware creators are really going hard after these sites due to the high volume of traffic. The other big disadvantage to anti-virus software is protection from phishing and identity theft. It doesn't come with all the advanced security features to specifically target all internet threats.

When it comes to internet safety failure to install security software is just asking to trouble. The internet is full of viruses, spyware, and malware and if your computer isn't protected than assume the computer is infected. These threats are crashing computers, stealing private information, and the main cause identity theft. Failure to protect yourself now will cost more money and time in the long run.

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