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7 Tools to Protect Your Computer from Data Breaches

Published on 03 November 17

Data Breaches? Every person anywhere in the world familiar with the use of electronic devices and the internet is well aware of them. You probably know that even as an individual user, any device you use to surf the internet is at risk. As new and more advanced programs are being developed to make life easier for you, so are the number of applications that hackers and cybercriminals employ to get into your systems.

Every tech savvy user knows about the basic kinds of threats. But, should you check this article on Wired, you’ll read about an unexpected deluge of data breaches that are occurring across the world. You’ll also learn about the 8,761 documents published by Wiki Leaks that are supposedly stolen from the CIA database.

Should you worry? Absolutely! Here’s why:

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Let’s Begin by Listing the Different Kinds of Data Breach Methods

● Credential Reuse where hackers break into your systems relying on the probability that you probably use the same password for multiple accounts and applications

● SQL Injection Attack also called Sequel where hackers target servers that store and manage important data

● Session hijacking where hackers get hold of session IDs and use them to glean information

● Phishing, the most common kind of strategy that gets you to divulge passwords and other sensitive details by posing as legitimate emails and sites

● Malware where hackers send you harmful attachments, software, ransomware, and viruses

● Denial-of-service attacks where hackers flood an entire network or computer with traffic so that it shuts down because of an overload

As TechNet reports, these are only a scarce few of the data breach methods that cybercriminals use. But, with the help of the latest anti-virus software, you can protect your devices and gadgets. Here are some of them:

You Only Need to Download and Install the Latest Protective Software

Whether you’ve just bought a new or refurbished computer, laptop, tablet, or any other device, you may want to download and install this software. While you can rely on the built-in software that Windows provide you, most hackers are aware of them. Accordingly, they are likely to target the weak spots in your defense systems at the onset.

Take a look at some of these tools:
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1. AVG AntiVirus Free

Not only does this software alert you to suspicious activity but it also allows you to adjust the settings. In this way, you can customize the software to act in specific ways in response to particular threats. The only downside of this tool is that it comes with a range of buttons and pop-ups that advertise other AVG products. If you’re not interested, you can simply disable them.

2. Avast Free Antivirus

In addition to the basic virus detection and prevention, this software comes with an Updater than alerts you to the availability of newer versions of the tool. The application also contains a Wi-Fi inspector that warns of security issues in your network and a secure web browser that you can use for shopping and banking. The password manager is yet another useful feature and together these positives make it a very useful application once you disable the pop-ups.

3. Panda Free Antivirus

This software is simple to use and very effective. It can help keep your systems safe from viruses and data breaches and warns you if the website you’re surfing has any suspicious elements. The Panda application comes with a tool that can create a bootable USB rescue disk. This disk identifies and eliminates malware that has infected your Windows systems deeply. It also helps you with a Wi-Fi scanner to warn of security breaches and parental controls.

4. Bitdefender Antivirus Free

One of the simplest and best of virus protection software, the Bitdefender works in the background keeping your systems protected. Should you choose this tool, you won’t need to bother with pop-ups and other annoyances. Your system can also benefit from the built-in password manager, vulnerability scanner, web browser protection apps, and special tools that can identify malware and phishing attempts.

5. ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+

Offering you both anti-virus and excellent firewall protection, ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+ has an antivirus component with licensing from the award-winner Kaspersky. The software has a pleasing interface with panels such as Antivirus, Firewall, and Identity & Data.

6. Cybereason Ransom Free

The Cybereason Ransom Free serves as a robust second-layer defense against ransomware for your systems. PCMag recommends the tool as simple to use, easy to download and install, and best of all, free to use.

7. Sophos Home

Effective protection from data breaches for both Windows and Mac systems, the Sophos Home is a sturdy anti-phishing tool that can also block malicious URLs. Although a business-grade application, it is excellent for home users also.

In an era where cybercriminals are constantly developing newer and more sophisticated methods to steal sensitive information, you must do the best you can to keep your systems protected. Choose from the many effective software out there and equip your computer and other electronic devices with this security feature.

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