Does Internet Security Software Really Work

Does Internet Security Software Really Work



Does Internet security software really work?
In the​ recent years there has been many Internet securtity tools to​ hit the​ consumer market that claim to​ be providing excellent protection against online threats such as​ phishing sites,​ Trojan horses and viruses .​
Amongst Internet security packages there are Norton Internet Security,​ Webroot Spy Sweeper,​ McAfee Antivirus and many more .​
Are those products really so efficient in​ fighting threats and safeguarding our personal information from being stolen?
With the​ introduction of​ the​ Norton Internet Security 2018 that comes with a​ new interface and a​ lower price the​ private user may expect they get a​ comprehensive online protection and personal information safety whilst banking or​ shopping online .​
These Internet security tools,​ and Norton Internet Security in​ particular,​ come with a​ bunch of​ smart features that can give you​ an​ additional protection against even unknown,​ or​ unrecognized threats by using behavior monitoring algorithms .​
But,​ many average users who never stray far from mainstream Web sites will find most of​ features of​ the​ internet security software available today unnecessary - it's like purchasing a​ BMW to​ drive it​ only to​ church on​ Sundays .​
For example McAfee internet security tools still feel heavy and clumsy even if​ its new version,​ failing to​ find the​ happy medium between features,​ ease-of-use and performance .​
On top of​ that,​ many applications do not play well with other security software you​ might already have installed on​ your PC .​
These are third-party anti-virus,​ antispyware and anti-adware software you​ purchased from other vendors that apps that may have been serving you​ well so far and there's no reason why you​ should stop using them .​
Therefore,​ I​ recommend to​ have a​ look at​ the​ features first,​ before any purchasing decision is​ made – if​ you​ decide you​ don't need a​ BMW to​ drive to​ church once a​ week,​ a​ lighter,​ much more user friendly internet security software,​ such as​ ZoneAlarm Internet Security 7,​ may be a​ better choice .​

Today,​ there are a​ few types of​ risks that may affect your PC's security while you​ surf the​ Web and install downloaded software: viruses,​ Trojan horses,​ spyware,​ worms and rootkits .​
Thes programs can install on​ your computer when you​ download software from untrusted sources or​ visit booby-trapped websites often referred as​ to​ phishing sites .​
On top of​ that,​ malware often spreads itself by sending bogus e-mails to​ everyone in​ your address book .​
But not only pirate copies of​ software can contain dangerous code - viruses often come from unsuspecting sources; even some Sony music CDs inadvertently inflicted viruses .​
All antivirus software packages available today is​ especially to​ deal with these threats by scanning downloaded files,​ running applications,​ scanning incoming e-mails,​ attachments and some of​ them can even scan instant messages blocking and deleting incoming malware .​
Security researchers say antivirus software has become essential,​ but it's no longer enough because you​ come across dangerous sites every day you​ surf the​ Web that can use smart techniques to​ launch an​ attack on​ your PC.
Some of​ the​ malicious software is​ designed to​ steal sensitive information such as​ login credentials,​ passwords,​ personal information and even credit card numbers .​
Hackers keep inventing new ways of​ stealing information penetrating your computer or​ hijacking keystrokes you​ type while you​ shop or​ bank online .​

While online identity theft has become a​ growing problem,​ protecting your computer from these kind of​ threats is​ essential .​
Any chunk of​ information you​ keep on​ your computer or​ send over the​ Internet may be to​ cybercriminals .​
This is​ why you​ need strong Internet security protection – an​ anti virus,​ a​ firewall and an​ anti-spyware software.
Research show,​ that most security and privacy threats come from adware,​ spyware and phishing .​
Security engineers admit these types of​ threats are amongst the​ fastest-growing threats to​ PC and personal security on​ the​ Web today .​
The major problem is​ that these applications are tiny programs that can be transported over the​ Internet and installed on​ the​ victim's computer in​ seconds and can not be detected without a​ proper anti malware program working in​ the​ background .​
Some spyware and adware can be moderately not harmful,​ gathering information about what sites you​ visit or​ what you​ do while you​ work on​ the​ PC,​ however,​ there are still very dangerous spyware out there that can be used for example to​ connect your computer to​ a​ world-wide network of​ infected machines – a​ botnet – that cybercriminals often use to​ launch DDoS (Distributed Denial of​ Service) attacks .​
An article called State of​ the​ net 2018,​ issued in​ the​ September 2018 by Consumer Reports cites alarming statistics showing the​ damage caused by viruses,​ spywae and advare to​ computers owned by individuals and businesses .​
The magazine reports that nearly a​ million people replaced their computers in​ the​ past six months because of​ spyware infections.

Charles Brooker is​ IT security advisor and software tester at​ Norton-Soft – Information Source about Norton Software




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