Mercy Pilkington has been a tech industry news writer for nearly ten years. She regularly covers topics such as software, cybercrime, and digital innovation.
Articles by Mercy Pilkington
What would you do if your entire digital life—work files, email accounts, social media accounts, and even your purchased music and your family photos—was held for ransom? You have 24 hours to pay $5,000 or lose it all.
It can happen if you don’t keep Windows updated.
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.
The first thing you should know is that there is no such thing as an online antivirus. What you are really looking is for a free downloadable antivirus that you can quickly run on your machine. All the sites that claim they are online antivirus programs eventually require you to download a program anyway.
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?
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.