Let’s clarify when I say Antivirus …
I’m referring to your security toolbox that includes Antivirus, Antimalware, Firewall and Antispam.
The good ones will check that your OS is patched and up to date with critical security patches but I’m not going to get into which the best is out there. That’s a discussion for another day.
Anyhow, this depends on a variety of factors including: –
- Personal preference
- Hardware spec
- Operating System
- User Experience
- How you use the Internet
- And more.
Why do I need all this?
Is your data in the cloud? Is it backed up there or your primary storage? Do you keep an offline backup? Or do you not trust the security of the Cloud and haven’t found anything easier than just leaving all those documents and photos on your hard drive?
The only secure computer is one disconnected from internet or email on a permanent basis.
That’s about as useful as <insert colorful phrase here>.
Whilst your data is important to you there are two other things that through your Personal Computer (regardless of OS) can have a drastic impact on you: –
- All your passwords: Unless you are in the habit of using a password management application or of continually cleaning your browser cache, this information is sitting somewhere on your computer. I’m particularly referring to things like Social Networking and or E-Commerce Site logins.
- Your online reputation: This is a little bit more ephemeral but you don’t want someone malicious posting online as if they were you, accessing contact information you have or hijacking your computer to turn into surreptitious Adult entertainment server.
Be Selfless, Be Thoughtful and Be Social…
Given the degree of interconnectivity your web connected presence has on social networking sites you have to ask yourself,
“What do you want to pay forward to your contacts? Engagement or malware”
As such the most social app you have installed on your computer may well be your Antivirus.
So this is you looking down at the lapsed license for your antivirus or the last scan date of 6 months ago or a questionable short link and deciding that Social is also responsibility for only passing on the good things.
So be secure and hopefully all your friends, followers and contacts will feel and act the same way.. now go run your antivirus.