Online security experts say it’s important to keep your online life secure, but it’s not always easy to keep track of what’s going on.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) both recommend people stay online for a maximum of 72 hours after getting sick, but online security experts said the time is not always on their side.
“You really have to be prepared for what you’re going to be up against,” said James Boulware, CEO of cyber security firm Cylance.
“If you are not prepared, you are going to get hit.”
Boulware has helped protect hundreds of thousands of people online, from the World Cup to the NBA finals, and has helped to secure over $20 billion in online purchases.
Online security experts also say it is critical to be able to monitor what is happening online.
“When you’re online, your eyes are open and you are constantly looking around at what’s happening,” said Boulwer.
“That means you’re constantly looking for viruses, malware, and other threats.”
Some people may not be aware of how to use a virus scanner to make the most of their online time.
Boulwis website, Cyber Security for the Internet, is one of the best in the industry.
“I think most people think of virus scanners as a tool that can detect malware,” said Jason McDaniel, Cylence’s founder.
“It is not that simple.”
Boulwer and McDaniel also suggest that people avoid using software like Norton Security, which can be extremely valuable for those who want to stay safe online.
McDaniel says that if you are on a computer that has a virus scanning software installed, McDaniel recommends that you take a few minutes to download and install the Norton software.
“It’s really important to be careful about installing Norton software on computers that you are using for work,” McDaniel said.
“Most of the time Norton will not even scan the software.
Norton will do it’s best to scan the computer for viruses.””
Some people just take a couple of minutes to install it,” McDaniel said.
McDaniel also recommends that people not download anything that can potentially give them a virus.
He also recommends installing a virus checker or virus scanner as a last resort before the next big software update.
“A lot of people have virus scanners installed on their computers,” Mcdaniel said, “so it’s probably a good idea to not download any of the software that you don and should uninstall.”
Bousware recommends that consumers install an antivirus program on their computer and install it every few months.
“If you have to go through all this for security and protection, you might want to consider an antiviracy program,” Boulweis said.
If you don.t have an antiviral program, there are plenty of online tools that can help protect your online activity, like antivirus software from Avast, Avast Antivirus and Norton.
“People tend to do the same thing, they use the same program,” said McDaniel.
“I think the main thing to remember is you don t have to have the latest version of Norton or Norton Security.
You can always find an antivivergy program on the internet.”
Boudreaux says that it’s also important to pay attention to what programs you are running and make sure that the software you are downloading is actually running the software they say it does.
“That means if you download a program, you should download the software from the company that created the program,” she said.
“Don t go and download something that is not the official version,” she added.
“And when you download an antivayer program, be careful not to download any that don’t actually have a working antivirus application,” Boudreault added.
If you get infected, there is no way around it.
There are two ways to make your computer and online activities more secure.
“The first thing is to download antivirus programs,” Bousware said.
The second thing is installing a firewall and a virus quarantine program.
And then there is a more simple, but important, way to make a computer and your online activities safer.
“Most people who get infected are not the kind of people that have malicious intent,” Bouwdreaux said.
Instead of waiting until the virus hits the machine to download a virus, you can download a free antivirus and virus quarantine application from the internet.
Boudreyaux also suggests that people install an antimalware program for their computers, including Avast.