The subject of today's show is viruses and general security with your computer and your mobile device.
It seems viruses have been around for ages on the computer. In the "olden" days, most viruses were written by the younger generation just to cause harm and be know as a virus writer (sort of like, hey, look at me!). Of course, when we say the "olden" days we're only talking about 10 years ago or there abouts.
However, things have changed in the last few years. Nowadays, writers of viruses actually are for financial gain. Whether it's stealing your information or using your computers processing power to infect other computers and even to send out spam. Because of this, most folks don't even know they are infected, the writers behind the malware actually do not want you to be aware your computer is infected. They actually want to infect your computer stealthly so they can use your computers processing power to download viruses to other computers and servers, send out spam and even send out Denial of Service attacks to bring down websites and company servers (the virus writers basically create an army of infected computers). They can also "sell" your computers processing power on the black market to other "bad people". Believe it or not, there actually are eBay like sites out there in the black market selling credit card numbers and computers that are infected to be controlled.
A few of the signs that a computer is infected is that it is 1) slowing down 2) random crashes and 3) random error messages.
You still need a good anti-virus program installed on your computer. Even if you have one of these installed, you can still get infected. You can either accidently or knownngly download an infected (sometimes called a drive by download). It's like having a good security system in your house, but letting the bad guy in (who's disguised as the UPS delivery man) into your house. You still need to be careful what you download and what you click on.
Question of the Week
The question for this week comes from Linda who is wondering if she needs an anti-virus program and if so what would we recommend. Yes, definitely need a good anti-virus program. The one program we recommend is Kaspersky. You can even get a version that allows you to install it on up to three computers. Generally stay away from the free versions; the old adage, you get what you pay for is definitely true here. Even if it works, you'll be annoyed with the pop ups asking you to buy the full version.
We recommend and sell Kaspersky and have a couiple special offers for our customers so come in and see us to talk to about securing your computer!
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