Internet Security Programmes
As the Internet has risen and grown in popularity, more and more of us have found ourselves spending a large proportion of our time online. While this has led to speculation that some of us are now more concerned with our virtual lives than our real ones, the real problem faced is one of security.
Thankfully, with leading internet security providers offering numerous software protection packages staying in control of your online persona can be incredibly easy. It is always important to have a basic knowledge of the threats which are posed to you and the systems available to combat them.
Antivirus programmes are often the first form of defence when it comes to the security of your PC and can be used to scan for potential viruses or corrupted programmes which could harm your system. Computer viruses come in numerous forms and antivirus programmes are constantly updated to ensure they offer protection against the latest threats. Many internet security providers offer packages which complete these upgrades automatically, meaning you don’t have to worry about searching for the latest versions yourself.
A term which was stolen from the construction industry, in computing a firewall is a specialised defence system designed to protect your computer. The overall aim of the programme is to stop unauthorised programmes or systems gaining access to your computer and stored data. This prevents unwanted traffic from passing through your computer, thus reducing the number of risks you are exposed to.
Of course, staying safe online is not just about investing in the correct programmes – it is about using the Internet responsibly. Whilst adults may be familiar with certain practices, such as not opening strange email attachments or avoiding websites which are unsecured, children may not have the same level of knowledge when it comes to computing. This means they may be more susceptible to online threats or more likely to make mistakes.
For this reason, many Internet security providers offer parental control options on their packages. This allows you to control which sites your child can access; protecting them from harm while safeguarding the security of your computer.
Most computer security packages offer scanning programmes in addition to the above. These check your computer for corrupted files, broken links and other programmes which could be impairing the performance of your PC. Scans are usually completed on a regular basis and some programmes will perform scans on any removable storage or media devices which you connect to your computer automatically – preventing you from spreading a virus in this manner.
Stay protected at all times
Of course, it is not just your computer which needs these vital programmes – any device capable of connecting to the Internet should be protected by similar systems. Smartphones, tablets and other personal devices should all have adequate Internet protection to ensure they cannot be corrupted. Kaspersky anti-virus programmes are available for all these devices and offer 30 day free trials across of their range of anti-virus software.