Privacy, Security & Virus Information
Taking the Panic out of Viruses
We have all had them. A panic e-mail, or even a series of them, warning of us that a new super powerful and especially evil virus is on its way to us, and there is nothing that we can do to protect ourselves and our computer from it. Like that scene from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" where the aliens have to decided to kidnap that little boy and never give up till they do, this new computer virus will do the same. So lock up your daughters, computer virus Engog is coming!
There is a certain school of thought that says many of these e-mails and even some of the viruses that may actually exist have been created by unscrupulous producers of some of the less well known anti-virus programs. The rumours say that they do so to create a little excitement, generate a level of panic and maybe drum up some business for their product in the meantime!
That's why when you go to choose the best virus protection for your computer; you shouldn't allow yourself to be panicked into making hasty decisions. Many of the less well know and probably less reputable virus protection software producers are inclined to use the spread of fear as part of their marketing strategy. Only the most well established, professional and trustworthy anti-virus software developers will use a more restrained marketing approach when promoting their products. To begin with they will already have a strong client base and a well earned reputation and will have no real need to create panic. Instead they will promote their products seriously, both on line as well as in the major computer stores throughout the country. In order to enter some of the major retail chains in the UK, software programs have to be of the highest quality. Those who didn't cut the mustard will never make their way to the shelves, and probably never realise any of the potential (if they have any).
Don't forget, once you have chosen the virus protection program that best suits your needs, and paid your money, it shouldn't end there. Reputable software such as McAfee who have been in the virus protection niche from its early days, have made it their policy to constant update their products to wage a constant battle against the virus plague. Some of these updates are downloaded automatically if the software owner wishes it to be so, or they receive a warning that a new update has been produced, and if they wish to download it.
If you have taken the proper steps to protect your computer with the appropriate virus and spyware protection, the next time that you receive a hysterical e-mail that a new and all-powerful is on its way to destroy you, you can smile a complacent smile knowing that you have thought ahead, and protected your computer with the finest tools available.