Computer technology gets more advanced each day – and so do the threats that come with it. Antivirus software and firewalls provide internet protection to keep your family safe online. In this article we’ll look at ways to boost your home broadband security.
Online threats from viruses and cyber criminals are constantly evolving. In the past few years, online attacks have happened to many well-known organisations.
Cyber threats include:
Whether you’re connected via Wi-Fi or a cable, you need to have online protection. So make sure you secure all your devices including laptops, tablets and smartphones.
A firewall is a virtual barrier. It checks and controls everything passing through. Firewalls can be set up to block or allow different information onto your computer to keep it safe and secure.
Hardware firewalls are included on certain devices like your broadband router. They help to keep all devices attached to your network protected.
Software firewalls are installed onto devices like your computer or laptop directly. So they only protect the devices they’re installed on. These firewalls can be set up to allow you to access certain things that might otherwise be blocked, like online gaming.
Antivirus software stops, finds and gets rid of harmful software like viruses, worms and spyware. These affect not only how your device works, but also destroy or steal private information held on it.
Antivirus software protects your device in two main ways:
Virus protection software relies on virus definitions. New viruses and worms are created all the time, so it’s important you download updates for your antivirus software.
It’s a good idea to protect your personal information and know your kids’ activity online is under control. As an SSE customer, keeping safe and secure online is really easy with our Internet Security Suite from Netintelligence.
As well as using internet security software, there are steps you can take to keep your computer and personal information safe: