1. If you dont keep sensitive info on your computer you dont have to worry about safety.
Not exactly. Even if your important info is safely stored elsewhere that doesnt mean a virus cannot cause damage via your computer it can be tuned in a zombie, sending spam or attacking other networks with out your knowledge. Spam sending can clog your network and freeze your computer. One way to guard against this is by only using licensed software.
2. As long as you guard you financial info, youre safe from identity theft.
Social media sites, and even job posting sites have made it easier than ever for thieves to gather info they can use to pose as you. In order to keep your identity to yourself avoid listing you full birth date or address. Even details such as your parents names and ages should be kept under wraps.
3. Shutting down or disconnecting from the Internet will stop a virus.
Unfortunately, wrong. Once the virus is in, its in. It will continue to wreak havoc once you turn your machine back on. The best way to fight back viruses to guard against them. Choosing the right software is key.
4. A Website that says its secure is secure.
Is that dude who swears hes a nice guy always a nice guy? Not a chance. Same thing goes for your favorite sites. The easiest way to distinguish a secure site: check out the URL. If the address reads https instead of http, its secure.
5. Macs Dont Get Viruses.
Because up until recently, Mac users represented such a small portion of the computer-using population, hackers simply left them alone. But, according to the 2009 annual Virus Security Bulletin, due to a larger customer base, a growing number of viruses have been developed to target Macs. Apples need virus protection software too.
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