Eric Larkin in PC World reports that we should rid ourselves of myths on the Internet to stay safe online.
Myth # 1:
maladjusted teenagers vandalize your computer.
Reality # 1:
It is past the time when teenagers watched for 15 minutes of fame. Organized crime is the culprit. They want money. Online malware marketing black spot on computers to make money. They take over computers to send spam, steal logins and credit card information, or hack into the accounts they use stolen gaming accounts webmail for requesting transfers from contact lists and online gambling raid sell goods or currency in the game for real money. Financial fraud by cyber-criminals have cost consumers and businesses billions of dollars.
Myth # 2:
Just a good antivirus program.
Reality # 2:
Wrong. A good antivirus program will help a lot, but the antivirus companies are locked in a constant battle with cyber criminals who are making every effort to keep one step ahead of antivirus software. Yes, many times the security software can prevent attacks, but other times there are holes in the software and criminals take over. You need a software security more than just a good antivirus program to protect yourself against cybercrime.
Myth # 3:
You’re fine if you’re just careful where you surf.
Reality # 3:
This thinking is outdated. A few years ago you could tell if a site was dangerous while looking at him, and if you were careful with your e-mail, you can go without antivirus software. No more. Now, personal pages and sites the company of big names are hijacked by cyber criminals are using loopholes in the security software to install malicious software. You do not have to be an expert to recognize a page hacked or e-mail that was attacked. Besides the antivirus software, you need antispyware, rootkit, a two-way firewall and with a team of technicians to protect yourself against cyber-criminals.
Myth # 4:
“If it is not broke do not fix it” should know when something is broken.
Reality # 4:
Those days are evil hidden processes, threats, files or registry keys and you need the advanced anti-rootkit technology to remove them.
Myth No. 5:
The worst myth. We are all doomed. Stay offline.
Reality # 5:
Yes, you can get hacked, but if you know the risks and prepare adequately, you can take advantage of what the web has to offer. By following these simple steps, you can be protected against cybercriminals.
* Install antivirus + antispyware, rootkit, a two-way firewall and your computer.
* Make sure your computer has the latest security updates daily, automatic updates of new software, and full support of security software.
* Have your computer checked daily for malware and malware are stopped before they can harm your computer.
* Extra protection for e-mails and attachments.
* Ask your own team of technicians to keep your computer clean and running smoothly.
Do not fall hostage to cyber criminals. Do not accept the worst crooks own myth that the Internet and that the only option is to use the Internet for as little as possible.