Myth: I have a firewall so I don’t need an antivirus program.
Fact: Firewalls don’t protect against viruses. You can still get a virus, malware or spyware with your firewall on, because a firewall only protects against hackers or other undesirable things getting into your computer. If you allow something in, such as a program you choose to download, and it contains a virus or malware, the firewall will let it through because you allowed it. You should have a firewall and keep it on at all times, but firewalls are not designed to recognize viruses or malware.
Myth: Some antivirus programs are actually viruses in disguise, so I’m better off without one.
Fact: You should never download an antivirus program that appears in a pop-up ad. If you choose a known and reputable antivirus software, and download it from a secure source, it will protect your system. Research antivirus software and read reviews. You can visit TopTenReviews for a look at some of the highest rated antivirus programs with reviews and comparisons of features.
Myth: I installed an antivirus program a year ago. I’m good.
Fact: New viruses are being created all the time, and antivirus software is constantly updated to handle new viruses. If you haven’t updated your antivirus software lately, it’s not doing you any good. If your antivirus software allows automatic updates, turn them on. If not, check frequently for updates.
Myth: My computer that’s not connected to the Internet can’t get a virus.
Fact: Viruses can travel through CDs, flash drives, SD cards or floppy disks if your computer is old enough to use those. The only computer that is completely safe from viruses is a computer that is never used.
Myth: I paid for Brand Name Antivirus, so it has to work.
Fact: Whether paid or free, all antivirus programs need to be updated regularly in order to be effective. Don’t assume that because you paid for yours, it’s better or works by itself without you having to do anything once you’ve turned over the money. Also, if you paid for a license, it may expire. Even if you don’t have to pay more money, you may have to renew the license. Make sure you understand what you paid for and do all necessary updates of both the software itself and the license.
Myth: I have a Mac, so I can’t get viruses.
Fact: While it’s true that the vast majority of viruses are aimed at Windows, Macs and other operating systems can get malware. Whatever operating system you use, you should follow common sense precautions like avoiding software from unknown sources, and protecting your computer with antimalware software and a firewall.
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