Antivirus software have gone a long way from the clunky days of Norton, McAfee, and AVG. Antivirus software nowadays are more proactive and act like digital Swiss Army knives. Not only do they actively scan your computer memory for harmful programs you may have accidentally triggered but they are proactive against preventing you from clicking on a potentially harmful link. That’s right-they prevent you from accessing sites that may have been compromised and turned into zombie sites that dish out malware. What’s not to love right? Well, quite a bit actually. The truth is that the question of modern PC security doesn’t turn on whether antivirus programs work but whether you can trust any of them solely. This is a serious question every computer user needs to face. Study the discussion below so you can see what issues are at play and learn how to protect yourself.
The paradox of antivirus software
The real paradox with the current crop of antivirus software is that they are solid. Many have sophisticated heuristic features that identify problems before the problem occurs. Solid stuff. The paradox is that as this type of software has become tougher, the number of zombie or botnet or malware-driven computers continue to rise.
Human override is the biggest security threat
The answer to the paradox, of course, is human error. You can install the toughest antispyware and antivirus software on the planet but if you override it because you can’t help but install some cool-looking software, the best software can’t help you against viruses and spyware. In short, just like the classic Trojans in the Iliad, the best walls won’t protect you if you can’t resist the charms of the gift horse left for you.
Mixing the right habits with the right software
You can only trust antivirus software if you have the right habits and attitude. You can’t just trust the software to get you out of tight jams. You have to do your part. You have to be mindful of how you use the Internet and how you respond to software installation prompts. You have to have the right habits online for the right software to work optimally for you. That’s the bottom line.
Just as societies cannot legislate morality and the right character, we cannot program software that will give us better browsing habits or infuse us with massive doses of common sense. We still have to pull the trigger on our online security. We still have to be mindful. Nobody will be responsible for us. We can’t delegate this. This is why it is crucial for computer users to be proactive about the tips above so they can stay safe online.