Articles by Aviva Zacks

Aviva Zacks is a content manager, writer, editor, and really good baker. When she's not working, she enjoys reading on her porch swing with a cup of decaf.

Best Antivirus with Password Manager
Best Antivirus with Password Manager

To stay safe from hackers, you should be using a strong, unique password for each and every account, including online shopping, banking, social media, and email acounts. That means a minimum of eight characters, a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, as well as numbers, and special characters.

Weak or easily guessable passwords, such as your birthday, are at risk of being hacked. According to Verizon, 63% of all data breaches involve weak, reused, or stolen passwords.

Aviva Zacks by Aviva Zacks September 16, 2018
What is Rogue Security Software and How to Protect Against it
What is Rogue Security Software and How to Protect Against it

Malware infection rates are only increasing, so it’s essential to protect our devices. But, what if security software does more harm than good?

Aviva Zacks by Aviva Zacks September 16, 2018
ClamAV vs ClamWin vs ClamTK: What the Heck is Going On?
ClamAV vs ClamWin vs ClamTK: What the Heck is Going On? Those familiar with open-source operating systems have probably heard of ClamAV, an open-source antivirus engine originally developed for Unix-based operating systems, including Linux, BSD, and MacOS. It’s also one of the be...
Aviva Zacks by Aviva Zacks September 13, 2018
What is Ransomware and How Can I Protect my Computer Against it?
What is Ransomware and How Can I Protect my Computer Against it?

Oops! Your important files have been encrypted!

The hard disks of your computer have been encrypted with a military grade encryption algorithm. There is no way to restore your data without a special decryption key. To obtain the key, please pay $500 in Bitcoin within 40 hours.  If you do not send the money within the provided time, all of your files will be permanently encrypted.

Aviva Zacks by Aviva Zacks September 3, 2018
Can an Antivirus Remove Trojans?
Can an Antivirus Remove Trojans?

The answer? Yes, a strong up-to-date antivirus is the best way to track down and remove any dangerous trojans that may have snuck their way onto your computer. BUT not all antivirus software are as good at doing this job, and we tested to make sure which ones are.

Aviva Zacks by Aviva Zacks September 3, 2018
What is a Backdoor and How to Protect Against it
What is a Backdoor and How to Protect Against it

“Did I forget to lock the door?” This scary thought usually comes to mind when you’re already halfway across town and it’s quite disconcerting. Leaving a door unlocked makes it easy for anyone to enter and take whatever they please.

Aviva Zacks by Aviva Zacks September 2, 2018
What Are Keyloggers and How to Protect Against Them
What Are Keyloggers and How to Protect Against Them

Keyloggers (short for keystroke loggers) are computer programs that track and record your every keystroke in order to gain access to your personal information, such as your passwords and credit card details.

Aviva Zacks by Aviva Zacks September 2, 2018
Is An Antivirus Necessary in 2019?
Is An Antivirus Necessary in 2019?

Antivirus has been falling out of vogue somewhat recently, largely due to articles that claim it doesn’t protect you.

Aviva Zacks by Aviva Zacks August 30, 2018
What Are Zero-Day Attacks?
What Are Zero-Day Attacks?

Software is everywhere—in banks, in schools, in hospitals, and in our homes—and advancements in technology have certainly made our lives easier.

Aviva Zacks by Aviva Zacks August 30, 2018
Can Antivirus Stop Hackers?
Can Antivirus Stop Hackers?

When the news of another massive malware infection breaks, you hear claims that antivirus is a waste of time. I think these rumors are spread by hackers because they’re the only ones who benefit from that viewpoint.

Aviva Zacks by Aviva Zacks August 30, 2018