PC security is a protection against Internet-related hazards. When your computer is not connected to the Internet, the only danger you have to worry about is that you have access to the room where your computer is stored. In this case, a good old lock and key is usually enough. But this ideology is practically (sorry for the pun) outdated, as the vast majority of computers, including smartphones, are connected to the Internet, so it is crucial to take precautions when browsing.
Malware is the only reason why antivirus products exist, and since antivirus solutions are so popular, it’s no wonder that malware is also popular. According to AV-TEST, more than half a billion malware examples are currently circulating on the network, with almost 400,000 new examples added every day. While the trend of new malware is slowing down (in the late 2000s, it was growing exponentially year after year), it is still critical to be vigilant while surfing to avoid downloading malware. After all, the best antivirus in the world is a series of wise decisions about what and when to avoid it.
Viruses, worms, trojans, spyware, rootkits… are spreading all over the Internet. It’s a fact that they’re created. The Internet is an ideal place to spread malware because it is inherently networked; the purpose of the Internet is literally to connect people. Unfortunately, this also means that it is a very effective machine for spreading malware and a good way to spread positive and useful software. When there is an interconnected network of people, those who want to steal your money come, it is impossible to share it!
Here are some precautions to avoid downloading half a billion bits of malware circulating on the Internet:
Another good tip is to install a browser extension that blocks ads. The best we’ve tested is “AdBlocker Plus”, which is available on all major browsers and effectively blocks code displaying ads. Advertising space on questionable legal sites, such as porn sites and streaming sites, is bought by criminals who want to spread their malware. By using a browser extension that blocks ads, you can eliminate this extremely common source of malware downloads.