Cyber attacks in Mexico are becoming more and more recurrent at different levels. From business or government environments, where Mexico is one of the most affected countries in Latin America, to users, who can always be the target of these attacks.
Although the attackers are directing their attacks towards large companies or government institutions, because they represent greater profits, there are others who continue to carry out attacks on a smaller scale. For those users, we bring a series of tips that you should take into account.
Elements of a good antivirus
Not all antiviruses are the same. Therefore, it must have some vital elements to be fully functional. For example, not conflict with other software on the computer or the fact that it requires special skills on the part of the user to use it, since if it is too difficult to use, it could be disabled by it.
They must also be able to adapt to operate in aggressive and constantly updated conditions. A good part of the quality of an antivirus product depends on its effectiveness in detecting malware, regularity of updates, its ability to remove viruses and not affect the performance of the computer while protecting it.
Free or paid antivirus?
When thinking about an antivirus, the first option is to resort to a free one, because it is the closest option to the user. However, there are significant differences between these options and the paid ones.
The first and most important is that the free ones offer basic protection, while the paid ones have a thicker layer of security. On the other hand, those that do not have a cost show advertisements to their users or download plug-ins that are not necessary and, therefore, consume more computer resources.
Other differences with paid antivirus is that they are kept up to date and are effective in detecting new threats, in addition to the fact that some protect the team from online attacks and even have Customer Service departments for better advice.
Do Macs need antivirus?
One of the myths surrounding online security is that Apple devices, especially its Mac computers, don’t require an antivirus. Although the company designs its hardware and software to be secure and protect the information through various encryption methods, it is not unbeatable and there are ways to provide a second layer of protection.
One reason Macs are thought not to need antivirus is that cyber attackers target PCs first. This is because they have a greater presence in the market, but there are more and more Mac users and so there are more attacks on them.
In addition, Apple has a more closed ecosystem and always recommends downloading applications from its App Store, which makes them safer, since the main sources of infections are visiting unsafe websites, opening or downloading malicious files, and not keeping the system updated. operational, among others.
Do I need antivirus for my phone?
Cybersecurity experts could define smartphones as a computer in your pocket. For this reason, having an antivirus for these devices is also important, since people store a large part of their lives and personal data on them, which are valuable for any attacker regardless of the victim’s profile, that is, it does not matter if is someone famous or rich, data is always valuable.