PC or laptop security has become a great concern as it hampers the processing of the device and can even corrupt or ruin the information stored therein. Computing devices often source most of the security risks from the Internet. Statistics reveal that in the US alone, 24 million households experience heavy spam that is circulated through emails. Around 16 millions household have had serious virus issues in the last 2 years and 8 million users have had spyware problems in the last 6 months. Approx one million people have reported that their personal accounts, even financial, have been misused through phishing. It has been concluded based on surveys and calculation of other data that 50.1% of US PCs have had been affected by virus attacks that makes United States the third most online virus affected country. (source: www.statisticbrain.com)
The aforementioned data is shocking in light of the fact that in spite of having effective antivirus programs, people are still risking their computers to online security threats. According to a global study conducted by McAFee in 2012, it was found that 1 in 6 windows PC (source: www.tomshardware.com) are without the protection of antivirus software. There are thousands of articles and blogs that talk about the importance of online PC security against viruses and malwares, especially for the computers that are exposed to consistent Internet browsing. Yet, PC and laptop users are seemed to be unresponsive towards the fact that browsing the Internet on an exposed computer is highly risky because:
- It increases the risk of data loss
- It causes identity theft
- It contributes to the spread of harmful programs and nasty viruses.
How to keep the PC Secure Online?
The first and foremost step is to install an effective antivirus program in your computing device. Around 19.32% of Americans surf the Internet without protection. So, first of all it is important that people should act proactively about installing…