First of All; What Is Antivirus
Antivirus software is a type of program aimed at detecting and removing malicious programs from computers. These programs are offered by different companies to keep computer user safe from various types of malicious software and from other threats, like cybercriminals.
There are many brands selling their software, and users have a wide range to choose from, which can often be a tough choice. Knowing the current events in the world of antivirus products can make the choice a bit easier. The following are just a few current antivirus news items that may help you to be better informed:
Symantec problems with Norton Deals
It is quite unbelievable that one of the most popular antivirus brands is having a hard time in security vulnerability. Symantec recently found out that their decomposer engine has problems that have also spread flaws to multiple other products including the very popular Microsoft Exchange. This is because of the new Norton security coupon codes the company distributed.
According to sources, the company processed a RAR file, which effectively penetrated the system. Despite this unfortunate event, they were quick in issuing a statement to system administrators and others as to what the issue was. They also offered a guide for others regarding what should be done to deal with this problem, and this is in addition to upgrading security software.
Antivirus programs keep systems safe, but they also do have flaws that can contribute to various sorts of system failures. Not only should users keep their antivirus software updated and current, but they should be alert for any anomalies on their system that their software either missed or even caused.
McAfee’s survey on teen Internet use
McAfee, one of the top antivirus program companies also, has released a survey on teen internet use. Studies have shown that more and more teenagers are using the internet for what parents, teachers, and other authorities would consider all the wrong reasons. This may not be surprising to many, but the amount of misuse and ingenuity to do so may surprise.
While their parents believe what their children tell them about internet usage, it seems that many have been lied to. It has been discovered that while most parents monitor their children’s activities online, 70% of the teenagers have discovered ways to avoid the monitoring. McAfee interviewed teenagers online on the topic of internet usage and the results indicated that a lot more teenagers are accessing violent, nude, and sexual content online without their parents’ knowledge than had previously been thought. Not only is this unsettling to parents, but it seems to indicate that their computers and their children may be facing a greater security risk than previously thought.
Apple almost admits it needs antivirus for Macs
Apple has previously touted their popular and pricy Mac computers as being invulnerable from viruses. Many advertising campaigns have been built up around this virus-free rumor, leading many Mac owners to avoid the purchase of antivirus, antimalware, or any other type of security software.
It seems that Apple is slowly changing its tune as more and more malware aimed at Macs has been coming out. Not necessarily “viruses,” these malicious programs still can cause plenty of damage and a lot of headaches for Mac users, especially if they had previously passed on antivirus protection thanks to the effectiveness of old advertising.
Apple has been altering their web pages and other materials to stop bragging that the Mac is free from “PC Viruses” – a still true, yet very misleading claim. Macs certainly cannot get a virus written to affect Windows-based PCS, but there is still plenty of Malware around that can infect Macs. Sophos, a security firm, conducted a study that found approximately one Mac in every 36 had malware on it designed for Mac OS X. Certainly some had PC viruses on them as well, but these PC threats are unable to run on a Mac.
It seems that this simple step is a big one toward making Mac users safer. Hopefully this will help to begin to undo many years of misleading claims in marketing materials and advertising that has created an almost dangerous climate of misinformation for Mac users. As the amount of Mac owners beginning to buy antivirus protection for their Macs continues to rise, it seems that there truly is hope.