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Tips for sourcing internet security software

October 31, 2011 • Security

You just bought yourself a new computer and can’t wait to get it out of the box. You’re excited to start using it, but you don’t want to have all those problems you hear about. This is the time to think ahead and go for a positive online experience by following the adage “prevention is better than cure”.

Simon Campbell-Young, Phoenix Software CEO (image source: file photo)

“There are people all over the world who are making lots of money out of malicious content like viruses and spam. Your computer will endure attacks moments after you go online. This is why we all have to use anti-virus protection,” explains Simon Campbell-Young, CEO of security distributor Phoenix Software.

“The single most important program on your computer is your internet security program. And it should be a really good one. Everything on your computer, from your valuable software, your work, to your personal financial records is constantly at risk.”

Most people make their choice of security software based on price alone. That is, after they use the product that comes loaded on their computers. “This is not the way to choose something so important. You need to look at several products before making your decision. Would you choose the cheapest option when buying an appliance, or a car?” he asks.

Look at your available options, he says. Make a list of what you need the software to do and what you want it to do. Is it easy to update? Is it user friendly? Is it easy to see any problems? Does the software notify you if the update could not be completed? Are updates made available on a daily basis? This is the basis for establishing what to look for in internet security software.

“Premium products like Kaspersky warn you about potential threats and use automatic monitoring to ensure even unknown malware threats are blocked. Check that your security software constantly monitors internet traffic and stops you from accidentally launching malware or following links to phishing websites,” adds Campbell-Young.

“Don’t try to postpone using internet security software. After a period of time, your software needs to be updated. While you are online, your software should be allowed to make daily updates. Updating the software is the best way to keep your computer protected against all online dangers. Take the time to get the best protection you can for your computer. A little planning can make your computer experience an enjoyable experience,” he concludes.

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