Protect yourself with security software

The number of viruses, trojans, worms and spyware that can attack your devices is growing exponentially.

These sophisticated new invaders are no longer just irritating pranks and jokes. Today’s malware and viruses are serious threats that can destroy your computer, steal your identity and infect your entire digital network of friends, family and associates.

Here’s the software you need to keep yourself and your device safe.

Anti-virus software

This security software scrutinizes everything that comes into your device from the Internet and vice versa. All documents you open, all files you download and all emails and attachments are immediately scanned and examined. If infected and suspicious items are caught, they are quarantined or destroyed so your device and data stays safe and secure.

Anti-spyware software

Spyware can get into your computer and keep track of your Internet activities, such as your browsing history and password keystrokes. To keep your Internet activities safe, anti-spyware software scans your entire device at periodic intervals. Unwelcome spy “bugs” and other surveillance software are quarantined and then destroyed.

Anti-spam software

To divert and isolate the countless scam emails and unsolicited messages we all receive every day, anti-spam software uses sophisticated filters to immediately separate spam from the “good” messages. It’s a great way to stop spyware and malware, which is often embedded in spam emails.

Tips on how to use security software properly:

  • Always keep software up to date. This is a key thing to remember – especially since a new virus or malware is designed to get past outdated security measures. With software security updates, viruses and malware have little chance against the newest threat detection and protection.
  • Don’t ignore update notices. Most security software gives you update notices, or better yet automatically updates or delivers the newest version straight to your device on its own.
  • Renew expired trial software. If you bought your device recently, it may have anti-virus and spyware software already installed on a trial basis. Just make sure you renew or find other security software when the trial expires.
  • Install separate virus and spyware protection. Some anti-virus and anti-spyware protection is combined in one program, others come separately. Think about using two different programs to really protect yourself.
  • Run the anti-virus/anti-spyware software and do a scan of your hard drive and files as soon as it’s installed. Especially if your device has been unprotected (which could mean it’s already infected). Schedule it to run regularly.
  • Never trust security updates from pop-up ads or emails. If a pop-up ad tells you your computer has been scanned for malware and you must upgrade now, it may actually be malware masked as an anti-spyware program. These try to trick you by preying on your fear – however, the only anti-spyware software on your computer should be the one you’ve installed.
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