When you accidentally open a spam email message or attachment or respond to a seemingly harmless instant message you are putting your PC at risk. Not all threats are in obvious spam email, some of them travel in jokes, videos and files passed around unknowingly by friends. Here is a recent case in the news. Everyday communication computing can expose you to malicious threats like spyware and computer viruses. Learning how to recognize common dangers and, finding email security solutions are key to staying safe online.
Staying Safe while Online
Even if you’re careful, everyday online computer activity can compromise your security. In fact, nine out of 10 PCs connected to the Internet are infected with spyware.* Through seemingly harmless computer activity, like email, surfing or sharing files, spyware and other types of malware can attach to your PC. These unwanted programs may start watching your computing habits right away, or they may wait, triggering covert activities later. That’s why having the latest internet security information is critical to staying safe online.
Common computer activity, such as looking up driving directions or visiting a media-supported Web site for the latest headlines, can compromise your computer security. We’ll help you become wiser about common dangers, more knowledgeable about Internet safety and solutions and less vulnerable to threat tactics.
If you use the Internet, you probably share music, files or photos and enjoy free downloads of media players or games. Remember that file sharing takes place for forwarding emails as well. Online computing can leave you vulnerable to malicious spyware and other threats. Arm yourself with the latest internet security information on dangers, remedies and tactics for safe file sharing online.
As the Internet becomes more common in homes across America, children are using the Internet earlier and earlier. Kids use the Internet for everything from entertainment and games to communication and homework. The better educated you are about online risks, the more you will be able to ensure that your children are staying safe online. Webroot has conducted research about the gap between parents' perceptions and kids' online reality. We also have a handy guide for you to help you keep your children safe online.
*State of Spyware Report