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Is Internet Security Really That Important?

by Eddie Smith

posted in Computers and Technology : Security

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We use the internet now more than ever. We use it to shop, pay bills, communicate, to gather information and we use it for entertainment. Many of us spend most of our waking hours on the internet in one way or another. With all the time we spend online, however, we rarely thing about Internet Security. We rarely consider the fact that we could be in danger; danger of infecting our computers with a virus, losing everything we have saved on it and potentially losing the computer for good; danger of giving away all of our precious, private information, and opening up your identity and finances to be stolen. Internet Security is not something to take lightly. Lucky for us internet addicts, however, Internet Security, in the form of anti-virus software, is easy to get and it's a snap to use.

There are a variety of programs out there that might potentially invade your computer in the absence of Internet Security, leaving a path of death and destruction, plundering your identity, taking your money. The program you've probably heard the most about is the virus. A computer virus invades your system, replicating itself and penetrating deeper and deeper into your hard drive. A computer sick with a virus gets more and more sluggish until, in many cases, it shuts down altogether. A worm works like a virus, burrowing it's self into the system, replicating itself over and over.

Malicious software, or malware, sneaks onto your computer and sits there spying, sending your information back to somebody else's computer. Spyware programs work much the same way, monitoring a computer user's activity, down to the user's keystrokes and mouse clicks, reporting the information back to a hacker.

These are just a sample of the many programs that hackers use to get into your computer. It's important to be cautious while using the internet. Avoid suspicious-looking website, and don't open emails from senders you don't know. The best way to keep your computer safe is to use Internet Security.

Antivirus software hunts down and kills computer viruses. My antirust programs also provide Internet Security by monitoring incoming files and blocking files that may be harmful to your computer. There are many free antivirus programs available to download, however, this is not usually the recommended way to go. As is the case with most things that are free, the quality of free Internet Security programs is rarely as high as programs which you've paid for. Free antivirus programs will as a rule not be as effective, and updates will not be as frequent as a program you would buy. Another potential problem is that a free antivirus program may be a wolf in sheep's clothing. That is, it may be a virus disguised at an antivirus, which could, of course, put your system into even more danger.

The best course of action then, regarding online Security, is to purchase an antivirus program. You can by these programs at a number of retail computer outlets. Once you have a good antivirus program, it's important to keep up with any updates offered online.

Internet Security is nothing to skimp on. Computer hackers use viruses to slow down your computer and steal your information. Going online without using Internet Security is like leaving the door to your home unlocked. Fortunately, antivirus software is easy to find and east to use.

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