Saturday, May 28, 2011

IGL-Security Tips/Faqs about Computer Security 2011

 Everyone has a question about computer security. So many questions are out there, and I don't have the time or knowledge about each topic to write a blog post on each one. So I have decided to come up with a list of frequently asked questions and answers about computer security. I will also be adding some tips for computer security in the guide also.

1. Do Computer Security Vendors create malware?: no

 A common question is "Do computer security vendors create malware that their products detect. I think the best way to answer this question it to look at a little article put out by Emsisoft which they have in the Emsisoft KB. It provides a great answer to the question if they do or not.

2. I don't have to renew my computer security software, it will just keep protecting me: incorrect

 With computer security software coming preinstalled on your machine sometimes people just ignore the warning that the trial and expired and keep thinking its protecting them. That is incorrect with your subscription expires it stops updating the antivirus database. This will leave you open to malware attacks and put your data at risk. When you get the warning either renew it or install a free AV software.

3. My Mac is immune to Malware: no

 The rumor that Macs are immune to malware have been going around for a while.  The however has been disproved a lot in the past few days with the Mac FakeAV's appearing over the net and infecting a lot of machines

4. My Security Product can detect all malware out there!: no

 No computer security product can detect every piece of malware out there. Take a look at some AV test, none of the apps detect 100% of malware. Its impossible with the rate that new malware is coming out. That's why I recommend that you use a layered computer security setup to help keep you safe.

 5. Any paid product is better then a free one: slightly

 It is said that "you get what you pay for" and that can or can not apply to computer security software. Yes most paid software contains extra that are not in the free version. However most free security software are also very capable software that are good at protecting your machine. You may not have the phone tech support, or that hourly software updates. However a daily security software update is better then no security software.

 6. Cloud Security Software is spying on my data: if they are a rep. company then most likely not.

 "The Cloud" has been being added to a lot of different computer security software recently. However many people fear that if it has cloud "my security software is going through my personal data". As long as you are using security software from a trust-able company I don't think you have much to worry about. What would they gain having people look through every photo? They don't have much to gain and the cost would be more then the reward.

7. Is it a good idea to turn off Windows Update?: No

 Windows update plays a key part of the Windows OS. I don't think its ever a good idea to shut off any automatic updates systems. Turning off automatic updates will leave your computer open to vulnerability's that would have been fixed in the program was updated.

 8. Privacy settings online should always be left at the defaults: not always

 Many people never take the time to look at their online privacy settings think that default is better. I highly encourage everyone to take a look at all their sites privacy settings. Its also a good idea to check into whats being shared on each site you are on.

9. You should take computer security advice from every site online: no

 This faq feels a little bit weird to be writing since I am some place online but it still must be written. You really should check into the advice your given online to make sure its true and not trust in in blindly. I have seen some bad advice on some sites and I have seen some good so always double check  what the advice is.

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