If your computer is connected to the internet, and you don't have Internet Security software installed and properly configured, it is only a matter of time before a Virus infection, or other forms of Malicious Software, take up residence on your machine.
Computer Viruses and Malware - Are you infected?
Malicious Software can disrupt the smooth running of your computer, or allow hackers unfettered access to your private computer systems, and in the worst cases steal your personal information.
Viruses, Spyware, Botnets, Keyloggers Rootkits, Worms and Ransomware are some of the many forms of Malicious Software (or Malware), that can be easily contracted and difficult to get rid of. Most of the time they are introduced to your computer by clicking links on dodgy websites, via email attachments from unscrupulous sources, or unwittingly via infected documents and files sent from your colleagues and friends. You can also contract them by using infected USB devices (hard drives, memory sticks etc.)
Have you been hacked?
Hackers are for the most part faceless career criminals who make a living out of making other people's lives a misery. Whether stealing passwords and personally identifiable data from banks and financial institutions, wreaking havoc for small business and governments through denial of service attacks, or taking a swipe at your home PC and or holding your family photo's hostage. Hackers are indiscriminate and can leave a trail of destruction in their wake.
Symptoms of Viruses and Malware
Sometimes Malware is in your face, hijacking your internet browser, bombarding you with popup adverts and slowing your computer to a crawl. However often the more insidious viruses lurk unseen until the Malware is ready to deliver the payload, or lurk in the shadows stealing your private information. Family's and business can, and should, protect themselves by using Internet security software (Firewalls) which are designed to protect you from the majority of threats.