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5 Myths of Antivirus

5 Myths of Antivirus

1. Myth: Viruses are only for Windows
Reality: Windows systems were, for a long time, the dominant systems in the marketplace. But as Apple has gained traction both in private and public sectors, attackers have stepped up their attacks on those products as well. That means whether you have a Windows- or iOS-based based computer or mobile device, having a robust antivirus program is a must.
2. Myth: Process errors or poor computer performance mean my computer has a virus
Reality: While those can certainly be signs that your computer has a virus, they may also be indicative of a system with too many background processes in action.
3. Myth: You can get all the antivirus protection you need from free programs downloaded from the web.
Reality: These free programs offer basic protections, but in order to be protected against phishing attacks that can steal your personal and financial data you need an Internet browser security program.
4. Myth: Viruses are written by AV companies
Reality: This conspiracy theory may be driven by the fact that some cybersecurity companies create viruses to test the limits of existing protection platforms, but the reality is that cyber attackers are the ones creating the latest malware in order to steal sensitive data and money.

5. Myth: Viruses can infect humans
Reality: It takes a diehard conspiracy theorist to believe computer viruses can infect humans. But anyone who has seen “Independence Day” knows it is a fact that viruses can be written to sabotage alien spaceships — that's just science.


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