How New Computer Viruses Affect Our Everyday Lives
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Viruses are part of today’s obstacles that a person who works with or otherwise uses technology, has to tackle. With the rising number of security threats including viruses, malware, scammers, spammers, and phishing, software corporations are looking for new solutions to help keep computer systems even safer. With so many threats, it has become imperative that people from all walks of life need to own and use established antiviruses to protect their computers from these many types of threats.
We rely on computers more.
As you surely have noticed in your regular, day to day life, computers are an integral part of almost everything you do. Computers have become firmly ensconced in business and enterprise as well, and government and municipal entities rely very heavily on computers as well.
That being said, antivirus technology and innovation is being driven by these corporate and government needs. The strong level of protection that governments and large corporations need ends up leading to better protection for regular computer users. More and more threats are constantly coming out, and the most dangerous like Trojans and rootkits are being further protected against, thanks to the use of computers in these other capacities.
Social networking prevents new risks.
Facebook, Twitter, and many other social networking platforms have become the major hunting grounds for cybercriminals, and these popular sites have also turned into breeding grounds where malware infections can spread terribly quickly. With millions upon millions of users on these top networks, it is barely surprising that criminals have become attracted to these sites.
All users are at risk now on social networks. Of course, some users with higher value accounts are greater targets, but criminals and infections go after everyone. Through these networks, many end up infected with malware, and others are victims of hacking, phishing scams, and other attempts by criminals to make money from users and their families and friends. Often users share malware with each other completely without knowing.
Antivirus programs are responding to this. Many programs like BitDefender, Avast, Kaspersky, Norton Antivirus, and Microsoft Security Essentials have developed ways and methods to specifically protect on these networks. Additionally, Facebook now offers antivirus solutions directly through their sites; they are the trend setter in making social networking safer for users.
Viruses infiltrate networks.
In the modern era, all corporate businesses are connected through real time processing in networks; many homes are even utilizing such networking solutions. This has made it imperative that such network connections utilize an effective network firewall to establish their own basic defense against viruses and other malware that target networks alone. More and more of these particular types of threats are being released all the time.
The criminals utilizing these infections generally work to attack banks and large e-commercial enterprises initially while other targets may include schools, universities, and certain small scale bushiness. Norton Antivirus has stepped out as the leading figure for protecting against network viruses, and even the United States Government has begun to use Norton Antivirus technology to protect Department of Defense contractors.
Being a hotel guest has become a risk factor.
People who are staying in hotels also are the major victims or targets for network based viruses. Since such people use their credit or debit cards for payments, the cyber criminals who create malware will try to access the hotel’s main servers to steal the guest’s credit card information. Some hotel servers lack the necessary security parameters compared to other corporate organizations, making it easy for these criminals to gain access and manipulate the data they find.
While there is nothing much that hotel guests can do to fight against this, hotels are starting to utilize the same corporate-grade protections. One thing hotel guests can do is not use hotel WiFi, paid or free, to make purchases, upgrade software, or do anything else that reveals personal data on these networks. Hotel guest networks are also top targets for criminals.
Sally Thames has written this article. She’s a freelance writer and also writes for AntivirusSoftwareAlert.us. If you have questions or suggestions for her please contact her by twitter @SallyThames.