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Security care for new hardware

We made it guys—through the end-of-world rumors and holiday madness to 2013! And if you were lucky enough to score big with Santa, you might even have some new shiny gear to help you ring in the New Year.

Protect your devices and keep them running like new with some basic security steps to take today, and new threats to be aware of in the year to come.

Keep it clean

There's nothing like a nasty virus to slow down your speedy new machine, so before you go on a browsing binge, surf smart and take the necessary precautions to keep it running as well as they day you got it.

Whether you've got a laptop, desktop, smartphone or tablet, the same general rules apply:

While these general rules of thumb can help you avoid some major mishaps, treading lightly isn't enough. The best move you can make to avoid impending threats is to install reliable, up-to-date antivirus software and keep it updated regularly. If you're a Webroot customer, you're already protected with superior antivirus protection and automatic product updates.

Not sure where to start? Get a free 14-day trial of Webroot SecureAnywhere™ Antivirus for up to three PCs. With antivirus/antispyware protection, ID theft protection, antiphishing alerts, and powerful firewall protection, it's a great place to start.

If you're looking for something mobile specific, check out the Webroot® SecureWeb™ app for your Apple or Android device. This advanced browser let's you shop and bank securely while blocking suspicious sites, and lets you know which search results are the safest to explore.

Are you a SecureAnywhere™ Antivirus customer with more products you need to protect? Get coverage for up to three more devices with SecureAnywhere™ Internet Security Plus, or protect your entire fleet—up to five devices—with SecureAnywhere™ Complete.

Top Threats of 2013

With more consumers adopting smartphones and tablets, the market for mobile devices soared in 2012, while back in August, Apple's market cap exceeded that of Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Amazon combined. Unfortunately, the more popular a consumer trend, the more enticing of a target it becomes for hackers—where last year's growth leads, we can count on threats to follow.

As more of our daily activities become optimized for mobility—banking, shopping, photo sharing—the more our data becomes tethered to online databases. For that reason, attacks typically seen on PCs will continue to make their way to our mobile devices, while threats from intermediaries—online servers that have been compromised by hackers—will attempt to get users where it really counts—on the cloud.

Mac users should also be on the lookout for a rise in viruses and malware attacks. According to Forrester Research analyst Frank Gillette, almost half of all enterprise businesses issue Macs to some employees, and those numbers are growing, making Mac users an even more profitable target to malware authors.

Lucky for Mac and mobile users alike, Webroot extended its platform support in 2012, and now provides superior protection for multiple devices, regardless of your operating system. That means real-time protection against Mac and mobile threats with the same fast scanning capabilities offered to PC users.

No matter what threats pop up in the coming year, Webroot's got your back. So plug in, geek out and enjoy your new gear with renewed peace of mind.

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