Articles by Mercy Pilkington

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.

How to Update Windows 7, 8 & 10 (FAST & EASY) in 2020
How to Update Windows 7, 8 & 10 (FAST & EASY) in 2020


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.

Mercy Pilkington by Mercy Pilkington January 28, 2020
How To Scan Emails For Viruses in 2020 (EASY & SECURE)
How To Scan Emails For Viruses in 2020 (EASY & SECURE)

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 January 19, 2020
Top 4 Best Online Antiviruses of 2020
Top 4 Best Online Antiviruses of 2020

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.

Mercy Pilkington by Mercy Pilkington December 28, 2019
What Are the Internet Security Threats of 2020?
What Are the Internet Security Threats of 2020?

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 25, 2019
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 Run a Virus Scan on Windows 10
How to Run a Virus Scan on 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
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