An Introduction To Computer Security Software

Do you consider your computer one of your important investments? Does your job require a computer? Or is your job dependent on a computer system, so you can easily transact with clients and employees? If you answer yes to all these, then you have to give your computer the utmost care, maintenance and above all, security so you can enjoy using it to your advantage.

With the continuous rise of the number of people taking advantage of the power of the Internet, online threats also increase, and so is the risk of getting your computer infected. That is why it is important that you take adequate measures to prevent damage to your computer. One of these measures is to install computer security software.

Your computer should have security software. These include firewall, spyware scanning software and antivirus software.

Firewall is the software used to protect your computer from hackers and internal “malware” that is trying to “phone home.” Malware refers to the malicious codes that float around to harm your computer. With a firewall, all incoming traffic to your computer will be scanned for any irregularities, as well as all outgoing traffic. But when you buy a firewall, make sure to choose one that is easy to use.

Spyware scanning software is another type of software available. This is used to detect certain websites that run programs in the background of your computer, at the same time, gather information from it. Spyware can slow down your computer, and might have to be removed. There are two popular options for this type of software — the Spy Sweeper and Adware.

Last but not the least is the antivirus software. This software scans the files on your computer and checks them for attributes that are in viruses or those that are linked with viruses. Two main companies offer this type of software: Norton and McAfee.

These are the different computer security software that you can install to better protect your computer. Whatever type you wish to have for your computer, make sure that you choose the one that works best with your computer’s configurations.