The worst thing you can do when securing your computer is to provide yourself with a false sense of security. Often, Mac owners, thanks in part to Apple's crafty marketing, will think that they could never get a virus. Even Windows users will sometimes say "But that could never happen to me!
The sad truth is, no matter how safe you think you are, there's always a risk, and the security "experts" are not doing enough to warn you.
Myth #1: Spending more for Antivirus software means better protection.
Nope! From my work in the field, it's often the most expensive software (Norton etc.) that manage to fail. The other week, I've seen 5 PC owners who thought they were protected with Norton and still got some infections. Just because it costs more does not equate to a better product.
Myth #2: You don't need security software.
Wrong! Even on platforms that don't suffer from as much malware as Windows, it is still a good precaution to have something. Going unprotected could mean more downtime and lost files- and a bigger headache for you to deal with later.
Myth #3: Once the virus is gone, you don't need to change passwords.
Take heed of this warning, as one of my clients learned the hard way. Many times, viruses will pose as a useful program, when in fact they are harvesting your personal data as you type it. This can expose important data such as bank account passwords and email, potentially sensitive data that could lead to identity theft.
So what can we learn from this? It's always better to be safe than sorry. Be conscious of what you install or download onto your computer. I personally reccomend using the Google Chrome Web Browser and AVG antivirus software, as these are what I found to work best for both my clients and myself. If you have Norton, uninstall it now, it's been nothing but trouble for my clients.
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