Malicious software is the delivery mechanism used by unscrupulous cybercriminal types to trick you. There is a whole world of online and digital threat that comes from hackers and their malicious codes. Explore more about Malware
Spyware is software that “spies” on your computer to capture information. Information it is after would include: web browsing history, email messages, usernames and passwords, as well as credit card information. If left unguarded (and unblocked frankly), it will transfer this data to a third party computer using internet connections – leaving you vulnerable or possible even out of pocket.
In the fast-moving, more than a little grubby, world of cyber-crime phishing is any attempt to steal sensitive personal data for criminal purposes. Your usernames and credit card particulars are usually on the list of targets. Phishing scam artists will typically use emails, SMS messages, web pages and social media to try and make it look like their messages are coming from genuine and well-meaning sources. The good news is there are clear warning signs to look out for. Explore more about Phishing
Types and examples of antivirus software
What types of sword and shield do you need to protect your Mac or PC from the latest and most devious viruses around?
This refers to how an antivirus program flushes out said viruses. Simply put, with signature-based protection, your antivirus will scan through your computer’s database searching for clues called ‘footprints’. If those match known malware, your antivirus knows to protect your computer from the incident. There is a more detailed way of looking at this type of software but this is probably all you need to know, if your bytes and bobs are well protected!
This is a familiar kind of antivirus setup. Antivirus monitoring is a second line of defence for your computer which tracks the antivirus software you have installed on your computer. Handily, this will let you know if your antivirus package is either out of date or switched off. These types of antivirus products tend to also include automatic updating and alert you when their virus definition files become outdated.
In this category of antivirus programming is a world of science and technology, the depth of which is pretty hard to fathom! To keep it simple, there is a wide world of new malware that is always emerging to threaten computers. Machine learning is one way antivirus programs can try can find out which files are dangerous – and which ones are not. You might find this kind of antivirus protection if you subscribe to a service which is itself in the Cloud, and that service uses machine learning to constantly update its ability to discover new threats. For the customer at home, hopefully you enjoy an added sense of security to go about your life.
Advantages of internet security software over simple antivirus software
Having antivirus software on your machine is a considerable benefit. Everyone should have it. There is also a further option called an internet security software suite. It carries extra benefits which we’ll now break down for you.
Monitors inbound and outbound web traffic like a hawk. Never again will your personal data leak out through your home network and into the hands of cyber-criminals.
If a certain URL is a known phishing site, your software will warn you before you visit and block it forever if you ask it to.
Internet security software protects you against a huge variety of threats that most antivirus software does not cover, including spyware, ransomware, rootkits and anti-spam programs.
A technical phrase that basically means your software will scan any inbound or outbound emails and make it safe to download attachments from unknown senders; without them immediately infecting your system (and they are only released once they are found to be safe).
Now we’re getting really techy. Items like junk cleaners, which regularly clean out your useless junk files, and disk defragmentation tools, which should help to speed up your computer, are also included with internet security software suites.