So, you just purchased Anti-viruses software for your laptop. After all, that's all you need to stay secure, right?
Well, you've been using computers for years and you have NEVER had a virus infection - EVER. Usually you are careful about what websites you visit. You don't download free music, visit porn sites or download "fake" software, so you would think you're relatively safe.
The game has changed in recent years. The online security world takes on the same principals as the old vampire movies I grew up watching back in the day. Do you remember the "Lost Boys"?. A vampire could not enter your home unless they were invited. Once you did invite them in, now you are in danger.
This is the same way I look at securing your online identity. Yes, your anti-virus does a good job of blocking certain malicious attacks on your computer, but what happens when you invite trouble into your network - like clicking on a link in a Phishing email, or someone gaining unauthorized access to your laptop with bad intentions. When you clicked on that link, you just invited that problem into your home.
So, if anti-virus software is a bare minimum for security, what other tools would you need?
First you need to make sure you have a good anti-spam filter in place to give you some protection against phishing emails. Phishing emails accounted for 90% of data breaches in 2019. Why? Because its easy to get people to click on links in emails because of lack of protection. Unfortunately, you would be surprised to see people fall for email scams every day.
The best bet is to STOP these emails before they even enter into your system. If you use Microsoft Outlook or Gsuite as your email provider, you can find pretty good anti-spam solutions built-in. If you have a business with 3 or more employees then you should invest in better solutions such as hiring an in-house IT technician or hiring an outsourced IT company to protect your business assets.
The second thing you can do is make sure you have the latest Microsoft Updates installed. You will be surprised at how many issues that Microsoft updates fixes, but most importantly you will "patch" any security holes your system has. I almost forgot - if you are still using Windows 7 - UPGRADE NOW! Microsoft has stopped supporting Windows 7. Non-supported software leads to trouble. If Microsoft stops supporting software, then they stop supplying security patches and this leaves your system vulnerable for virus attacks.
Lastly, having a good backup of your files is the key to not having to pay the price if you ever get hit with "RANSOMWARE" on your system. I know you've probably heard of ransomware. but you do not want any parts of this - especially if you are a business owner with multiple computers in your organization. Things can turn ugly quick. Ransomware is a type of malware/virus that takes control of the victim's computer if a malicious link is clicked. The attacker will lock down EVERYTHING on your computer - rendering it useless until you pay a "RANSOM" to get your files back and in some cases they still won't give you your information back.
There you have it. The days of old are over in regards to protecting your computers.
Anti-Virus software is mandatory, but so is everything else.
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