Viruses and spyware are different forms of malware (aka malicious software) that you need protection from. We know it’s hard to know what to do so we’ve outlined some of the things for you to think about.
Keep your software up to date
Malware is constantly being written and circulated which is why you need to keep your security software current and the files it relies on to identify threats up to date.
If your paid subscription or free trial has expired then the software will no longer defend you against website and email threats.
If your software is always alerting you about something, then don’t ignore the message or turn it off. It’s trying to protect you and save you from the hassle of cleaning up after an infection.
Will the software slow down my device?
Many people worry that bulky anti-virus software will slow down their device. In some cases this is true but the benefits outweigh any reduction in performance. Malware will also slow down your computer and may prevent you from using it at all.
What’s the best anti-virus and anti-spyware software for me?
Many people make use of popular free security tools. Free doesn’t necessarily mean the product isn’t as good as paid for but people need to be aware of the complexities behind the software.
As an independent not for profit, Netsafe can’t recommend a particular product but we can point you in the direction of results that regularly put anti-virus products through rigorous tests.
AV-TEST is an independent German organisation which publishes security ratings under the following categories:
- Antivirus software for the Windows Home User
- Antivirus software for the Mac Home User
- Antivirus software for the Business Windows User
- Antivirus software for Android Mobile Devices
MORE ADVICE AND INFORMATION
- Contact NetSafe if you’d like further advice on 0508 NETSAFE
- Visit cert.govt.nz for more cyber security advice