Many believe that antiviruses are not needed. Using legitimate programs, visiting safe websites will protect your computer sufficiently. Additionally, this computer has adequate security built in to the operating system. Many myths have arisen around this. One of the arguments of the opponents of using antiviruses is that they are not needed when visiting only trusted websites. In fact, “safe pages”. When dealing with cross-site attacks – embedding a fragment of an infectious code in the content of a website, the virus can be received in the background. When we browse a seemingly secure page, we’re really not safe. A different example would be porn sites that are considered a dangerous source of viruses. Meanwhile, they are one of the safest. They are even ahead of religious themed parties – in terms of security, of course.
Own, disastrous possibilities
An argument we often see is that we do not need antivirus software, as we can sense the moment of a virus attack ourselves and quickly remove it. We often don’t realize that the system has been infected. We are dealing with a huge amount of infections – there may be approximately 200,000 new viruses per day. They perform such tasks that they are not identifiable and are then treated like ordinary pests. Even a simple browser icon that only displays a small message can collect passwords and logins in the background. Often computers are used in botnets.
An infected computer without antiviruses will not alert the user, and in the background some computing power will be used by cybercriminals. An example is Zeus, which, without the knowledge of the device owners, infected over 4.5 million computers worldwide. The growing number of threats and malware is taking place at a tremendous pace. Cybercriminals have a powerful arsenal, tools and methods to attack effectively. Additionally, their main motivation here is earning money. Operating system manufacturers are making every effort to increase protection, but in fact the human / user will be the weakest link in this entire security chain. Thus, without special protection, such safeguards will not be sufficient. An example is that from April 2015 to March 2016, Bitdefender’s products blocked attack attempts on over 11,000 devices. Worldwide, it was over 2 million. Without effective antiviruses, a huge number of users would likely lose their own money and money.
What does antivirus do?
Antivirus is like car insurance. Perhaps the thought comes to the fore, why spend too much, if I drive safely, live in a safe place, and have a garage. This may be true, but we can never guarantee that something will not happen at some point. In the case of threat computers, we have more. Here, however, more is not better. Only one antivirus program should always be used. Many programs will be mutually exclusive and this may cause some inappropriate behavior. These include:
- operating system slowdown,
- this has an impact on the functionality of various applications.
It is a mistake to claim that a smartphone does not need an antivirus. Infections don’t just affect computers. The number of infections targeted at the Android system – and thus also on smartphones, ranges from several to tens of thousands every day. Antivirus for portable devices also includes additional very helpful applications. Examples include spam blocking, a cloud backup service, or the location of a lost phone. Antivirus is undoubtedly a piece of software that is indispensable in both computers and smartphones. At least the basic version of such software should be there.