What are the dangers to my computer?

Protect your computer

Whenever you go online, you are suddenly connected to millions of users at a time and billions of pages of information via the World Wide Web. The development of technology and the computer power to make use of it has been expanding ever more rapidly, and modern PCs are so advanced that it can be difficult to know exactly what they are doing.

In order to make our lives simpler, many programmes and parts of our computers are designed to run and take actions without any knowledge by the user. For most of us, comprehending what is going on in the deepest parts of the operating system is almost impossible.

Isn’t this a good thing?

Broadly speaking, yes, this development has provided us with access and immediacy of information that can be of great benefit. However, the increasing complexity of the machines mean we are also increasingly more vulnerable to them conducting malicious actions we know nothing about or don’t know how to fix.

In order to make sure this doesn’t happen, we need to first ensure that the actual computer is protected. Preventing infection with nasty programmes like viruses, or stopping a hacker accessing our passwords, goes a long way to ensure the safety of our use of computers.

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