SECURITY
ANTIVIRUS
MALWARE
SPYWARE
RANSOMWARE

Protecting your devices

Device security advice
Security recommendations
Security install and setup
I've a Mac, I'm fine - really?
How to protect yourself
Dealing with threats
Mitigating your risk - behaviour
What does it all mean?

 

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY SECURITY?

That is a broad term covering a wide array of security elements that can be used individually or as part of a complete package.
Example: Antivirus software, Malware protection, Firewall security, (Note often Antivirus applications come with firewall security also, but always check) - are individual elements
Example: Norton Security, AVG Total Security, BitDefender Total Security, etc - are complete security systems containing many, but not always all that you need to be fully protected. Also, some are better than others. 
But if you want to be protected always go for the paid version.

WHAT SOFTWARE DO YOU RECOMMEND?

We will be happy to recommend security software to our clients, but as always it will depend upon your devices and your needs. We have experience of many types from all different suppliers, and our preferences have changed over time as software has changed and the threats have changed. We would be happy to enlighten you, just ask for a consult. But some free information, iOS devices like the iPad and iPhone don't generally need extra help as their systems and the app store that feeds it are so locked down and restricted. The app store as far as we know doesn't even have any antivirus apps to download. Mac's on the other hand, you can install antivirus software. That should tell you something. Don't trust Microsoft's in-house Defender software to be your only protection.

I ALREADY USE SECURITY SOFTWARE BUT WOULD LIKE TO CHANGE, IS THAT POSSIBLE?

Simple answer, yes. Security software although more involved and much more buried into your computer system to do its job, can be removed, and a new one installed. It is not always as easy as unistalling it. You sometimes need to download a special removal application.

I THINK I HAVE A VIRUS OR MALWARE ON MY SYSTEM, IS IT TOO LATE TO INSTALL SECURITY SOFTWARE?

It's never too late, but having it before might have stopped getting infected, but that horse might already have bolted.
We can help get you installed, get your system checked and hopefully cleaned.
I would suggest you keep your system off as this will stop any progress, and make sure the device is not connected to the internet. You don't want all your files uploaded!
Then let us or some other tech professional help you. Hopefully we can get things back to normal or advise what is achievable.

 

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