Viruses, trojan horses, worms, and spyware are all threats that can damage our computer systems. We know we need to protect our computers, but with so many antivirus programs on the market, how do we know what’s best for our specific needs? In this lesson, we will review what kind of antivirus protection you might need and how you can determine which product is best for you. In addition, we will discuss how to back up your system and get the most out of your security programs.
What protection do you need?
The best defense against Internet threats is good antivirus software. Antivirus software can protect you from infected email attachments, corrupt websites, Internet worms, and spyware. There are a ton of antivirus products on the market, so figuring out what you need can become confusing and overwhelming. Therefore, we will outline the things you need to consider to give you a better idea of what you should be looking for in an antivirus program.
The protection you obtain should include the following three components:
•Antivirus: Specifically protects against viruses
•Anti-spyware: Protects against malicious software that may be gathering your information without your knowledge
•Firewall: Screens out threats that try to reach your computer over the Internet
Some security suites offer several additional protections, but these are the three main components you will need.