Articles by Mercy Pilkington
Mercy Pilkington has been a tech industry news writer for nearly ten years. She regularly covers topics such as software, cybercrime, and digital innovation.
If you purchased a new desktop, laptop, or smartphone, you probably assume it will operate at lightning-fast speed for at least a few years, right? Wrong.
Without antivirus protection, your shiny new device can fall prey to one of the many tools at cybercriminals’ disposal. Your passwords can be lifted, your bank account emptied, and your identity stolen.
Your computer is a treasure chest of important files and sensitive data. If a virus infects your computer, your personal information could end up in the wrong hands. At the very least, your photos, downloaded music and movies—even saved emails—could be lost forever.
Your computer is a treasure chest of important files and sensitive data. If a virus infects your computer, your personal information could end up in the wrong hands. At the very least, your photos, downloaded music, and movies, even saved emails could be lost forever.
Whether you’re a laptop or desktop owner, there are some cybersecurity essentials you need to keep your device protected. Here is a breakdown of two of the most important components—an antivirus tool and a firewall—including what each one does and some Safety Detective favorites.
Let’s play a game: guess what’s even more important than antivirus protection but is also something that consumers often forget to look for in a cybersecurity program?
Virus-laden email attachments have been around for decades, but they’re certainly not old news. In fact, millions of computer users around the world use desktop email software instead of browser-based tools such as Gmail. As a result, you’re exposing your operating system to downloads every time you open an email rather than merely viewing it online.
Not all security tools are created equal. Do you know the difference between antivirus and antispyware software? Cybercriminals certainly do. They can use your computer’s microphone and webcam streams to spy on you while you sleep—and your antivirus software will not be able to do anything to stop it. Learn the difference between these two cybersecurity products and what programs you need to have installed to make sure that your laptop doesn’t turn into a spy agency operating within your own home.
While you are reading this, hackers may be trying to infiltrate your computer.
In today’s online world, our data is only a click away. While it makes for easy access, it’s also too easy for hackers. What are they after? Any sensitive or personal data is valuable to a hacker, including your Social Security number, bank account information, cell phone numbers, health insurance accounts, and more.