Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Understand Processes Behind Computer Virus Protection

Computer viruses can lead to crippling loss of data. Infectious programs have led to a serious case of information loss. And the need to protect yourself with an antivirus program is essential for safeguarding the security of your entire network.

Protecting against virus involves certain steps, which are discussed below in detail.

Understanding the issue

Firstly, there is need to understand what viruses are and how they work. You can find huge information about the virus over the websites providing details about computer viruses. Majority of viruses attack computers via emails that come from attachments or files when downloaded from the Internet. There are several viruses out there and many are identified every day. From 'harmless pranks' to programs that could make entire systems to crash. Some serious viruses are designed to take over anything that is stored on your hard drive. Even smallest virus can create great complexities. Hence, it is vital to address viral threats and also to learn about computer virus protection.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Computer Viruses: Where Did They Come From?

 Viruses have evolved at a high volume over the past years. The first known computer virus was written in 1982 by Rich Skrenta. The next virus was discovered by two Pakistani brothers; the virus was called the Brain. Before the Internet became so popular most viruses were spread through hardware, such as floppy disks, USBs, and other removable media. In this paper, I will define a computer virus and discuss the different types of viruses, preventative measures, and recovery methods.

Definition of a Computer Virus

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

How to Remove Malware and Spyware From a Computer

What is Spyware/Malware?

Spyware collects your personal information without your knowledge. This can be the websites you visit to more serious concerns like passwords and usernames you enter. It can also affect your computers performance as it uses vital resources and a heavy infection can pretty much bring your computer to a standstill. Malware is software that is designed to gain unauthorised access to your computer. Some of the nastier bits of software can open up your computer for nastier viruses or hijack your internet browser and inundate you with pop ups of false security software and cleaners

Monday, October 3, 2011

How to Get McAfee to Scan Your Computer

McAfee antivirus is a reputed, on-demand, high-quality security solution for not only home users but also for professionals, enterprises, and SMBs. McAfee antivirus has been designed to give users sound, bullet-proof protection from all-time-in-the-air different types of VB (Visual Basic), Flash Player malware, viruses, spyware, rootkits, identity thefts, scammers, and phishers among other online threats.

These threats are very common and have embedded into our lives like a normal breakfast, dinner, or lunch. You may someday skip your meal but these threats will not skip your computer and the stored data on it no matter what time of day or night you go online. It is true. You never come to know when a malware slips into your computer from a free virus removal software, song, video, flash player, video game, emoticon, greeting, toolbar, and tray clock among others. These are only a few of those limitless online things that bring infections to your computer. There are actually limitless online threats with their versions, re-versions available on the internet.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Cybercrime Attacks Are Happening - Are You A Victim?

Small businesses are, in present times, faced by waves and waves of cyber attacks and are the targets of criminals whom want to compromise their computer systems and data stored both belonging to the small business and its clientele base. Another aim is to wrest the control of a small business and its computer network from its rightful owner(s) and its use as botnets to perpetrate more cybercrime. There are so many small businesses out there that rely on the internet to get a hold of clients and customers, therefore it makes them fodder for the hackers and cyber criminals. The reasons behind so many small businesses being targeted for attacks are 1) some rely on free antivirus applications which might not guarantee complete security from hackers, and 2) some frequently operate without any security measures, i.e. without firewall, without anti-spam and without antispyware. Perhaps the most prominent reason for the attacks on small businesses is that they are not prepared and do not have the resources to install and use the best available and sophisticated security software and/or hardware applications.

Friday, August 12, 2011

5 Ways Strong Passwords Still Fail to Prevent Unauthorized Access

Although online safety through the use of strong passwords sounds like a viable safety measure for most sites and logins, strong passwords are still susceptible to hackers, malware, and phishing attacks. As more and more data breaches are reported, such as the recent incident of VeriSign being hacked, online users are constantly urged to change their login credentials. Many users and some so called internet security experts still rely on strong passwords to protect the online privacy and security of their information. As secure as they seem now, passwords continue to fail to protect against unauthorized access every day as more users rely on it.

Strong passwords can consist of a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. The higher number of characters in a password, the stronger the password is considered to be. These passwords are secure forms of protecting data, however internet technology is changing rapidly and security needs to also change and be more secure. Security such as out-of-band authentication can be used to add an additional layer of security to protect users and information stored online.

There are five things to consider when utilizing a strong password instead of a more secure solution such as out-of-band authentication.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Spyware - What Is It?

The computer plays a substantial part in people's everyday lives. PCs have covered anything from banking to gaming systems. Irrespective of where you look these days, someone is employing some kind of computing device. Nevertheless, one forgotten issue a large number of individuals don't take into consideration is spyware assaulting their machines. Most people are focused entirely on computer viruses and the like, but usually, malware and various other varieties of malicious programs are simply just unnoticed.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Hacktivists and Hackers Are Coming and So We Have to Watch Everyone Online Now - They Say

You are being watched online. Okay so, no surprise there, and maybe just that fear might stop some people from doing bad things, you know humans often do bad things, that is to say you can't always trust them (understatement). Still, in our country, we do have a Constitution, and bill of rights with passages regarding search and seizure laws and for good reason too. Of course, the government lawyers might say yes, but if you are using the Internet or WiFi you are communicating through the airwaves, phone lines, and/or outside your home and therefore, the FCC has jurisdiction and thus, it's free game, well, maybe it might be legal from their perspective, but is it right?