In today’s world, our whole lives are online. We rely on the internet and devices such as our laptops and smartphones in our personal lives as well as business. It’s made many things quicker and easier. Unfortunately, its made it easier for the bad guys to get to you and your personal information. Malware, spyware, and viruses can wreak havoc on your electronic devices, drastically slowing them and providing a virtual minefield of pop-up ads for navigating through.
Luckily, there are all sorts of online solutions to help protect your devices websites, homes and keep your information from these malicious “hacks”.
Here are the basics of Malware / Virus and Protection and how they work. Computer viruses work a lot like biological viruses. Once they’re made and sent out to do their job, they infect your computer or other smart devices. Once inside, it can make copies of itself from the original, or it can spread to other files and modify them. These programs can harm your computer to the point of it being unusable. They can steal your information, spam your email contacts, keep a record of everything you type (including passwords and other sensitive information), and cover your screen in ads.
Virus protection works by checking files and programs on your device and comparing it to known viruses / malware. It also reviews those programs for any behavior that could indicate a virus it hasn’t seen before. Once these infected files are found, you can choose to ignore them, quarantine them (virus protection moves the infected file to a safe location where it can’t spread the infection), or remove them from your system entirely at your discretion.
Now that you know the basics of viruses and virus protection, you’ll have better luck in keeping your systems clean and your information safe. Please feel free to contact us with any more questions you may have on this topic or any other you find on our site!