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.

Why Is Antivirus Software Important?
Why Is Antivirus Software Important?

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.

Mercy Pilkington by Mercy Pilkington January 20, 2019
How to Do a Virus Scan for Windows 10
How to Do a Virus Scan for Windows 10

Windows 10 is currently the world’s most popular operating system. That means it’s also the world’s most lucrative target for cybercriminals.

Mercy Pilkington by Mercy Pilkington January 13, 2019
How Does a Virus Scan Protect Your Computer?
How Does a Virus Scan Protect Your Computer?

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.

Mercy Pilkington by Mercy Pilkington January 13, 2019
Can a Virus Scan Run in Sleep Mode?
Can a Virus Scan Run in Sleep Mode?

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.

Mercy Pilkington by Mercy Pilkington January 10, 2019
Antivirus and Firewall – The Tag Team Your PC Needs!
Antivirus and Firewall – The Tag Team Your PC Needs!

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.

Mercy Pilkington by Mercy Pilkington January 2, 2019
What Are the Internet Security Threats of 2019?
What Are the Internet Security Threats of 2019?

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?

Mercy Pilkington by Mercy Pilkington December 30, 2018
Infected by CCleaner’s Malware? Here’s How to Remove It
Infected by CCleaner’s Malware? Here’s How to Remove It

If you’re one of the over 2 million users worldwide that has been infected by CCleaner, you need to remove it from your computer immediately.

Mercy Pilkington by Mercy Pilkington December 23, 2018
How To Scan Email Attachments For Viruses and Protect Your Devices
How To Scan Email Attachments For Viruses and Protect Your Devices

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.

Mercy Pilkington by Mercy Pilkington December 19, 2018
Are Antispyware and Antivirus The Same?
Are Antispyware and Antivirus The Same?

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.

Mercy Pilkington by Mercy Pilkington December 16, 2018
4 Ways Hackers Violate Your Online Privacy
4 Ways Hackers Violate Your Online Privacy

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.

Mercy Pilkington by Mercy Pilkington December 12, 2018