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Why Paid Internet Security Software is the way to go

Posted on 26 March 2011 | 10:30 pm by Aakash

Let me tell you upfront that you may already know 'Paid internet security software' is the most effective in thwarting security threats that loom over in an internet connected world.

If you are like everyone else (but still unique though), chances are you have a habit of saving and securing things in your life. You save money for your child’s education, you save money to buy a nice home for your family, and you also save money for emergency situations. Now, this is a good habit but when it comes to securing a pc, increasing pc security and getting better internet security software, you probably like to take the free software route. Now, I'm not blaming on free pc security software. We have a number of great quality security software that come as freeware.  I want to turn your attention towards something severe here. With severity, I mean something which a free internet security software may not adequately guard against.

Hacking and Identity Thefts

Many people have become victims of a very serious crime called identity theft, which often results in losing a lot of money and getting sued by several people because of fraud they didn’t even commit.

If you think you are taking all the necessary steps in order to protect yourself from being victimized by this very serious crime, you should think again. Today, a lot of people use internet for cheap communication, to stay in touch with peers and family, for research work and also for purchasing stuff.

If you use the internet to purchase things, then you are vulnerable to being a victim of identity theft if you are not vigilant enough. Since the internet today is used for a lot of transactions, there are people who are also using the internet to steal from other people. They develop malicious software, viruses and trojans, that can enter your computer without you knowing about it, or they can also send you phishing emails for scamming you into providing your personal and financial information. I'll touch phishing in some other post. For now, just be aware that there is a close semblence between phishing and identity theft.

The scary thing about this malicious software in your computer is that you’ll never really know that it’s there or how it got in your computer. These cyber criminals design these programs to be invisible as much as possible. If you don’t know what to look for, chances are, you’ll never really figure out about the malicious software lurking inside your computer. These programs are good enough in stealthing themselves and still doing their jobs pretty well.

So, you now ask how you will be able to protect yourself from getting victimized by the number of malicious softwares circulating in the internet today, and how to prevent it from entering your computer. First of all, the best way to protect yourself from being a victim is by simply stop using the internet or be careful on answering emails or on visiting websites. Now, stopping using internet is not a wiser thing to do you would say. You may even yell at me for telling you to stop. The better suggestion would be to increase your pc protection to prevent malicious software entering your computer. You will do this by installing an internet security software in your computer to protect you from the malicious software and people circulating the internet today, such as computer viruses, spyware, adware, and hackers.

Now some of the free internet security software out there is quite good and can give you a basic protection against thefts. I'd still recommend going for a purchased internet security software for complete protection and piece of mind. The free versions are not really as effective as the paid version since it will only have limited functions or limited operating time. However, the free versions can serve as a temporary solution while you are still looking for the right kind of software for your needs.

The good thing about free internet security software is that it can help you test the different kinds of internet security software available today in order for you to determine which security software will give you maximum protection from hackers, viruses and other malicious software roaming the internet.

If you are running rather short of time, I suggest you bookmark this blog or subscribe the feed to keep yourself abreast of the latest security software tools and happenings. This will hopefully help you to make a wise decision when purchasing best pc security software for your requirements.



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