There is much debate about Linux antivirus. Opponents of it state that its heritage as a networked, multi-user operating system protects it. The reality is that there’s simply no reason to not install antivirus on your Linux desktop other than hubris.
You may have malware on your computer, but is it a Trojan or a worm? Do you have to deal with a keylogger or a rootkit? This guide will explain how to tell the difference between spyware, adware, and ransomware and how to get rid of all of them.
So, you heard you need to have an antivirus program on your computer but have no idea why. Don’t fret – this guide will teach you everything you need to know about the minimal level of protection anyone should consider surfing with. And it even throws in a little history too.
Strength in numbers. Sounds like a sound plan, eh? In many respects, running multiple security programs together can indeed bolster your overall defences quite significantly. But there are exceptions to every rule. In this article I explain why running two antivirus programs simultaneously will leave them at loggerheads with each other.
Found a random antivirus program on the net and downloaded it for free? Bought antivirus software in response to a pop-up on your screen that warned you were infected with malware? Feeling safe now? Perhaps you shouldn’t. Fake antivirus. Be afraid. Very afraid.
If you get what you pay for in life, how much antivirus protection do you get with a free program? Assuming you’ve downloaded it from a reputable vendor, quite a bit actually. Whether it’s enough will take careful thought and will depend on how you use your computer.
You can liken a firewall to a barrier around your computer – it will stop intruders entering your private space and prevent your darkest secrets from being carried off in the night. Everyone should have one – recent versions of Windows ships with its own firewall – but it’s useful to know what it does and how to ensure it’s switched on!
'You’ve got until midnight Friday to give me $300 or your data gets it. No warnings, no fingers or ears in the post. Just total annihilation of your hard drive'. Should you pay up or prepare for the funeral? The answer depends on how much you value your data and whether or not you have a secure and tested backup.