Articles by Eric C.
Eric is a professional copywriter with over 7 years of experience writing on marketing and tech topics. In recent years, he has focused heavily on the rapidly developing security, fintech, and cryptocurrency industries.
While most people are aware of the danger computer viruses can pose, spyware can be just as damaging, if not worse. In a nutshell, spyware is unwanted software that infiltrates your devices, lurking silently while extracting your most private and sensitive information and relaying it back to hackers, shady criminal organizations, and even governments.
Because so much of our most sensitive data is stored digitally on our computers and electronic devices – including our sensitive banking info, passwords, and credit card numbers – protecting yourself against such major breaches of privacy is essential.
Here are the 8 best anti-spyware tools we tested for identifying infections and keeping your most important data from getting into the wrong hands.
Can antivirus really prevent ransomware? Yes, and no. It can prevent many types of ransomware, but it can’t stop it once it’s taken control of your system. However, antivirus programs are evolving to overcome the threat.
Ransomware attacks can range in severity from difficult to deal with, to crippling. In the next year, experts predict these attacks will cost businesses nearly $11 billion, a substantial increase from the $325 million reported back in 2015.
Do you actually know how your antivirus program works? You click scan, it investigates your files, and you get a detailed report. And while that’s good, it’s important to understand how the process works.
Imagine this: Windows Defender has just finished a regular scan and it’s asking if you want to quarantine the virus. Most people click yes without putting much thought into what’s actually happening.
If you’re still wondering whether antivirus software is effective, you’re not alone. In fact, the debate has been going on for a while. Some researchers have even pronounced antivirus software dead and unnecessary for years now.