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.
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.
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.