Internet Security - Do We Need It? Print

The use of personal interaction in everyday life is a thing of the past. People these days relies or even worst are now dependable upon the use of computers via the internet. In general, computers are being used to perform errands in business, financial transactions and even in private agendas from personal communication to shopping for groceries, paying bills, etc.

The only way of securing the users from other malicious internet users such as "hackers" is by using a good "internet security" program that can prolong if not deter the access of these prowlers on your personal security files. Prolong in a way that the user would be aware timely enough for him to make a start against these hackers.

These internet security programs poses as barricades that would block the access of hackers by means of pre-programmed agendas. They would scrutinize the potential hacker/threat as it passes through the random tests of the so-called security programs eliminating all possibilities of access once confirmed as threats' to the owner.

Each security program has its own level of protection. Usually, it depends upon the purpose. Some security programs are intended to deter "Viruses". A Virus in general tends to adhere on pre-existing programs of its hosts. They typically infiltrate a certain program disrupting its regular function as it slowly injects itself like a disease. Once it has completely infected that particular program, it will utilize the latter to infect neighboring programs as well until the whole system crashes and becomes inoperable.

A "Worm" is also another form of a virus. The worm injects itself to its potential victim in such ways that the host will not be aware of its presence nor the danger it possess. It frequently imitates the hosts' system making it an integral part of the latter destroying it from the inside without the host even noticing it until it is too late, thus, being famous as the "backdoor" virus.

Malwares (malicious software) on the other hand are types of programs that rouse the awareness of most internet security programs because of their source or origin. Usually, they are tagged as from "unconfirmed" sources. More often than not, they do not usually possess a risk to its hosts. Since they are the types of programs commonly used in the internet, they are the potential carriers of other formidable viruses.

"Spywares" in contrast, does not carry or possess any signs of threat to the hosts. It generally disguises' itself as "helpful" programs offering simplicity and easiness in the use of the computer like browsing the internet making it very much appealing to the end user. Commonly free of charge, it normally requires personal data from would be users and sometimes, asking financial data making it a security as well as a financial threat.

Experts believe that having a fail-safe internet security program is not enough. It usually lies within the user himself' to achieve the full potential of the security program he utilizes. Typically, an internet security program needs maintenance to work properly. It is up to the user to regularly maintain the latter by updating its database and applications. An unmaintained internet security program is as good as not using anything at all.

Most internet security programs are obtainable free from the internet. The only catch is that since they are free... the protections they provide are somehow limited. Sometimes, it is just propaganda on how to sell their products. They (providers) will allow you to download said programs in a certain predetermined limit. For sure it will be effective on some and simple types of viruses but not those complicated ones'... and once those complicated viruses had entered your computer system, the freeware you previously installed will be requiring you to have an "upgrade"... which will cost to a large extent more compared to regularly purchased programs.

Some internet security product providers made us believe that a good internet security program in itself is safe and reliable. These are merely "softwares" or programs that we use. What is important is the user themselves. The program would not stand for itself. It is how you use it counts most. Even a cheaply acquired security program together with an uncommon password will be indomitable as long as it's well maintained.

Internet security nowadays is considered a necessity and not a commodity. Many internet security providers offer numerous set of choices that the buyer/user can choose from depending on their preferences. Decide wisely... pick a security program based from your internet lifestyle... Buy what you believe you need and not what the providers wants you to believe you needed.

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