Since nearly everybody owns a computer and many households have more than one, it’s necessary to get the right level of protection. You could become the victim of identity theft, if you don’t protect your computer from viruses and hackers. This is one of the most important things you need to do if you own a computer and you need to make sure you get the right protection for your needs.
There are many free programs available and there are others you will need to pay for. Usually, the free programs will work just fine if you only use your computer to check email or browse the internet a little bit. However, if you use your computer for business purposes, store sensitive information on it or you just use it quite a bit, you need a higher level of protection.
What Can Happen if You Don’t Protect your Computer?
1. Stolen Information
Probably the worst thing that can happen if your computer isn’t protected involves a hacker stealing your personal information. They can implant a virus that will retrieve bank account information, passwords, usernames, social security numbers, and anything else you enter when making a purchase or checking one of your profiles online.
This can lead to identity theft or they could just use your credit cards to run up huge bills. The worst part is, if they implant the right virus, they can make it look like you are responsible for the virus going out to everybody within your contact list. Then, they can steal all their account numbers and make it look like you did it.
2. End up with a Virus
Another thing they can do to your computer is implant a virus that wipes out your operating system and causes all kinds of havoc. You may have already been through this before in your life and it’s no fun. You end up paying a computer technician more money to remove the virus than you will pay for a good anti-virus program that could have prevented the attack.
Some of the viruses they use can do things to your computer and you won’t even notice. They can use the virus to make your computer their host for other illegal activities. Hackers are highly intelligent with computers and you certainly don’t want to be at risk of a virus.
These are the two top risks you run if you don’t protect your computer. It can get even worse if you have a website and they find their way into it. For example, if you run a website that sells cuff links  and they implant a virus within your files, they can steal all the information of anybody making a purchase.
It all starts with the hacker getting into your computer, stealing usernames, passwords and other account information. They can use this information to get into your hosted files for your website, which allows access to the information of your customers. Don’t allow this to happen and destroy your computer. Get the protection you need before it’s too late.
By guest blogger Michelle who specializes in writing about computer protection and enjoys wearing cuff links.
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