When it comes to internet security there are two things you want to understand. One is your anti virus program and the other is your firewall. Having both is critical to the health and well being of your computer.
Specialized hardware or software designed to secure a computer or network from unauthorized access.
A computer program with the ability to modify other programs, usually leading to the destruction of, or spread of infection to the computer system.
A firewall generally protects against intruders, such as hackers, trojans, and worms. A firewall works by "locking the door" and prevents these evil-doers from entering your computer or network. Newer operating systems, like Windows XP come with a built in firewall. For those of you with an older operating system, you should consider buying one or downloading the free firewall from http://rewards.bmi.net (Exclusively for BMI customers). If you need assistance with this, do not hesitate to give us a call!
VIRUSES!! A firewall does not prevent viruses from infecting your computer. Viruses are notorious for crashing computers and destroying your files, or simply slowing down your computer. To protect your computer from viruses, you must run an updated Anti-Virus program.
Most computers, new or old, have some version of Anti-virus software on them. You may feel a false sense of security if you have an anti-virus program loaded on your computer. In order for the program to protect your computer, it must be ACTIVE and UPDATED. Most anti-virus programs expire after the initial term. Unless you renew them, they are useless. It is kind of like having a sticker on your front window warning that you have a burglar alarm, but you never set the alarm. It looks good, and you feel safe, but it doesn't protect you from anything.
To determine if you have an antivirus program, look next to your clock, on the bottom right corner of your computer. One of the icons should be your anti-virus program. Double click on it and see if it is ACTIVE and UPDATED. If you need help determining this, just give us a call.
If you do not have an anti-virus program, or yours has expired, BMI has an Anti-Virus program available for only $2.00 per month. Call us or visit our website for more information.