Cybercrime is everywhere. It affects businesses, domestic households and in many of the most high-profile cases governments as well. The cost to the UK economy alone of cybercrime is around £30 billion a year.
The dangers to your business and to your home are serious and far-reaching. Bank accounts can be accessed and pilfered and potentially far more damaging is the issue of identity theft where loans can be taken out in your name but to someone else’s benefit.
Your children too can be affected. Particularly if there is not an adequate parental control mechanism in place to stop them viewing inappropriate content.
Much worse they could be targeted and manipulated on unpatrolled social media sites.
More than just anti-virus software
Your basis anti-virus software only provides protection for your computer against certain attacks. With the threat of cybercrime always lurking even the casual computer user would be better off investing in comprehensive security software.
A range of additional benefits, including parental controls, privacy protection and antispam spyware, can bulk up your defence against cybercrime.
Leading internet security software can work by blocking internet threats to your children, stop malicious apps in their tracks as well as scan and eliminate any external threats to your PC brought by emails, USB-attached devices and downloads.
There are a range of additional perks to having this type of software such as file shredders, secure password managers and website advisory services.
Internet protection deserves top billing. The software must be able to consistently identify, protect, isolate and ultimately destroy any viral attacks. In order to do this the software developers have to continually provide updates to combat against the latest attacks.
They also need to have intelligent software that can recognise suspicious behavioural application anomalies.
Keep online kids in line
There is much more to internet protection than merely blocking viruses. That is why other security features are also essential. Parental controls can help keep your secure your children in a number of ways.
They help prevent your children from accessing sites that you do not want them to visit. Such restrictions can be varied such that they can limit children to using age appropriate content as well as specifically adult-themed content.
They can limit the length of internet usage as well as block children from specific browsing actions that may make them vulnerable to internet predators. Software can also be used to monitor your children’s internet activity.
You don’t need to be a World War 2 veteran to know that the enigma of code-breaking can have far-reaching consequences. That is why having a range of passwords across all your online accounts is very important.
Alas, if you are like me and you can barely remember your four-digit credit card pin code than the likelihood is that you won’t be able to remember a range of varied passwords.
A secure password manager helps keep you passwords safe and secure in a place you can easily have access to them.
A good internet security software should provide near on full-proof protection. However, every now and then some new deadly virus worms its way through past its defences.
This is when your providers back-up plans needs to come in effect. Intelligence is key be it via online documentation, FAQs, community forums, FAQs or help files.
Communications are vital for any war and internet viral battles are no exception. HQ needs should be accessible on a 24 hour basis with a free telephone line, email and online chat support.
Their intelligence team should be well trained and knowledgeable about new threats.
About the Author: Jaime Wills is a tech-savvy entrepreneur who’s always up to date with the innovative trends from O2 and similar national and international brands. When she’s not busy with the demands of her flourishing business, she likes to wax enthusiastic about Apple products with their user-friendly and highly aesthetic interfaces.