Eric is a professional cyber tech expert with almost a decade of experience writing about security and tech. In recent years, he has been focused heavily on the rapidly developing fintech and cryptocurrency industries and how they relate to online security.
Articles by Eric C.
There are threats lurking around every corner on the Internet, and malware attacks are still one of the fastest growing threats. What would you do if your computer—every photo, saved email, and file—were being held for ransom? Refusing to pay means the hacker clicks one button and everything is gone, but handing over the money is no guarantee the hacker will unlock your content.
If your children have played Fortnite, you need to know about a new mobile scam involving fake Android apps masquerading as Fortnite. Unofficial versions of the game reportedly install malware which steals your money and personal information and track, record, and spy on your children.
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.
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.
The unfortunate reality is that because antivirus programs use up resources that could be used elsewhere, all of them will slow down your computer system in one way or another.
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.