Here’s the 5 Compelling Reasons Why you Need Internet Security
By 2020 an estimated 2 billion people worldwide will be connected to the internet and it is hard to imagine how only a decade ago there were less internet users on Earth than currently own a Facebook account. The internet pervades almost every aspect of our lives but internet crime is also on an upward trend, with some experts claiming that cybercrime is now the most serious problem police forces face.
Regrettably, an estimated 95% of home computer users have inadequate internet security software but there are numerous compelling reasons why such software is essential:
1. Criminals can steal your personal data
Trojans, in computer terms, are malicious programs that access your computer via the ‘back door’ – in other words, once downloaded attached to an infected email or other program, they install themselves on your computer undetected. From here, they can steal personal data, such as online banking log on details, which is then sent to criminals to exploit at your cost. The first you might know of the infection is when your credit or debit card is used fraudulently somewhere else in the world.
2. Your computer will be bombarded with malicious programs
An essential part of internet security is the firewall, which is a protective barrier between your computer and the computers to which you are connected to through the web. Without a firewall, your computer is liable to be inundated with unwanted programs, ranging from annoying popup adverts to potentially dangerous spyware and Trojans. In one experiment, a computer than was left connected to the internet without a firewall was rendered unusable in less than three hours!
3. Unwanted advertising ruins your browsing experience
People hate advertising at the best of times, but being blitzed with popup ads when you’re surfing the internet is bound to become irritating as well as having an impact on how fast your computer operates. Adware can also redirect your searches to unwanted websites as well as collecting personal data about your preferences, which for many people is unacceptably intrusive, even if their personal data is not compromised.
4. Your computer will run more slowly
Without internet security, malicious programs such as Trojans, spyware and adware can cause your computer to work far less efficiently than normal. You may notice programs respond less quickly, websites load more slowly and your machine experiences ‘blue screen’ crashes more often, which are frustrating and time-consuming. Internet security will help to keep your computer free from infections, enabling it to perform at its optimum level.
5. Internet security offers total peace of mind
The problem with Trojans, viruses and other malicious programs is that they often embed themselves on a computer without the user’s knowledge. Unless you are familiar with the warning signs that are sometimes exhibited when an infection attacks your PC, you may not realise that a problem exists and the damage could be done before you have time to take appropriate action. A high quality internet security system offers you the peace of mind that your computer is safe from infection and, should any malicious programs attempt to install on your machine, they will be destroyed instantly.
Installing internet security software on your computer is the only way to protect yourself from the dangers posed by criminals that are intent on stealing your personal data or wreaking havoc on your PC. A simple virus checker will not suffice as it won’t protect against the wealth of malicious programs that can cause genuine harm to computers and livelihoods.