We are all highly dependent on our computers and other mobile devices and make it a priority to keep them safe and well taken care of. Unfortunately, there is a lot of wrong information about computer and internet security doing rounds. Our Norton setup team brings you here the top four common misconceptions in this field.
Only Windows Operating Systems Get Viruses
While untrue, we can guess how this piece of misinformation came into being. Windows systems have been the most widely used systems in the market, that too for a very long time. So attackers spent more time focussing on how to attack these systems, because this is where the crowd was. Now Apple has gained steady popularity in both personal and corporate front – enough to attract attention from attackers. Mobile malware is also growing in prominence, both for Android and iOS devices. In other words, a complete solution like Norton 360 antivirus is the need of the hour for users who have devices based on any of these technologies.
Poor computer performance means it is virus infected
Truth being, it can as well as cannot denote that the system is virus infected. A system that has too many background processes going on can also perform slowly. So users must streamline their systems time to time, deleting programs that are not in use, cleaning Internet browsers, updating the programs that are in use, defragmenting the hard drive for PC users and Disk Utility features for Mac users. Mobile users should delete all apps that are not in use. Our Norton support live chat team is also of the opinion that you restrict updates to prolong the battery life of your mobile (certainly not the important ones). The same goes for geolocation services and push notifications, if you do not happen to require them.
Free antivirus that you download from the internet is sufficient
Yes, these free programs offer some basic protection. But phishing attacks, where hackers steal financial or personal data to rob people off their money or carry out crimes in stolen identity, have become very common. To avoid this, you do not only need to browse cautiously, but require a strong antivirus to eliminate the risk of social engineering attacks. Regular Norton update (or update of whatever good brand of antivirus you use) is the most vital need of the hour.
The antivirus companies are responsible for writing viruses
This strange conspiracy theory may be originally borrowed from the truth that there are cybersecurity companies that create viruses sometimes to test how strong are the protective features of their own products. As for the malware that are out to harm computers and rob them off their data, it is the stealthy and smart cybercriminals who are always researching for vulnerable spots in your existing antivirus software, operating system or other programs in use. Get help from Norton customer support to install your Norton antivirus, resolve any errors with it and for any support you need to update it.
There has been more such misconceptions, even going to the extent of claiming that people can get infected by computer viruses. To protect your devices from malware and hacker attacks, it is not just important to update your antivirus, but also your own knowledge on safe internet and computing practices.
Virus infection is such a threat that puts not just us, but once we get infected, the people in our contacts lists or using the same network in danger. This is because malware thrives by spreading across devices. Ask Norton tech support UK for any antivirus related help whenever you need it. And remember, in this modern digital era, smart is safe.