Everything is based around tech today. You need to make sure that your system is safe from harm and one way to do that is knowledge. It’s important for you to know most tech terms so that you know what you’re dealing with on a day-to-day basis.
If my computer is attacked, isn’t it a virus?
I understand completely. It can be an intimidating thing to deal with so many technology terms, but you will need to know them to understand the depth of issues that arise. Most people just call any attack on their computer system a computer virus, however, there are different types of infections. Any software that is designed to destroy or access a network and data is considered malware, not a virus. Ransomware is similar to malware, the major difference is that the person accesses your computer system and demands money for the return of your data instead of just stealing your data. This can be a much more serious and expensive infection.
What other types of dangers should I know about?
Social engineering is the act of tricking someone to give you their password or account information. This type of attack is where someone tricks a user into thinking they are a coworker, security company, or vendor. They push the user into changing their password or entering sensitive information into a bad website in order to copy the data and use it themselves. One way to make sure that you don’t fall for one of these schemes is to never give your password or personal data out over the phone, e-mail, or any type of online chat or messaging system.
Isn’t antivirus all I really need to be safe?
Antivirus protection is “so last season” as my teenage daughter would say. These days, more robust security protection programs are essential. Generally, these programs come standard with firewall services, antivirus protection, malware detection, VPN options, and even protection for your mobile devices.