Free Online Security Software for the 6 Top Internet Threats

Are you tired? Instead of squeezing in a nap, you may want to reduce the length of your scrolling sessions. On average, we spend 6 hours and 42 minutes online every day.

For some of us, that’s more time spent on the internet than in bed. It’s also more time than we spend in a car each day. Do you lock your door at night before going to sleep, or buckle your seat belt before driving to the office? These are both examples of safety precautions. Even though the chances of someone breaking in while we sleep or getting into an accident are slim, we still take the necessary steps to protect ourselves.

Can you say the same online? The risks, such as data breaches and ransomware attacks, are just as real as any other threat in our lives. Yet we often use less caution, leaving ourselves vulnerable to hackers and malware.

At Avira, we know how serious online threats can be. That’s why we’ve been working on a little secret and we’re finally ready to share it with our readers. It’s called Avira Free Security and it’s one of the best online security software packages we’ve ever developed. Avira Free Security includes:

  • Password Manager — Generates and stores unique passwords
  • Software Updater — Updates drivers and software while optimizing performance
  • Antivirus — Blocks spyware, ransomware, adware, and more
  • Home Guard — Identifies connected devices and scans for vulnerabilities

Together, these online security software services protect against several top online threats. Avira Free Security can help protect against the following security issues.

Data Breaches

A data breach is more than a leaked password. If your information falls into the wrong hands, you could be locked out of accounts or struggle with identity theft. Hackers attack every 39 seconds so letting your guard down isn’t an option. But what if its already to late and your username and password were exposed in a breach? We show you how to deal with with stolen data and what it takes for your password to be secure in this blog article.

Outdated Software

Over half of Windows PCs are running outdated software. That’s a lot, but why bother? All these reminders are just annoying anyway. There is a reason though why it is important to make sure your software is up to date. If you are wondering what it might be you’ll probably  find this article interesting and helpful.

Phishing

One in 25 branded emails is a phishing email. As these types of attacks grow in popularity and severity, online security software is a must. Hackers attempting a phishing attack often use email or impersonated websites to try to trick victims into giving away personal information.  Find out more about how to prevent phishing attacks over here.

Router Security Issues

Routers are notorious for having weak security defenses, especially when produced by your internet provider. A weak router is an open door for a hacker. And once they get onto your network, they can access any device in your home, like smart TVs, cameras, and IoT appliances. But how to protect yourself? For most people a router is a mystery – which is why we have 4 easy tips on how to make sure yours is secure.

Ads

Only 25% of internet users surveyed in the US and Europe believe it’s ethical for ads to be based on browsing history. But despite the objections, personalizing ads isn’t a method that marketers are likely to abandon anytime soon. While targeted advertising doesn’t typically put your personal information at risk, it can feel like an invasion of privacy. Read on if you are annoyed by ads and want them to stop collecting your data.

Ransomware

In a ransomware attack, hackers gain access to a device and either lock it or encrypt its files. As the name suggests, a ransom payment is demanded from the victim before files are returned and the device unlocked. The average demanded ransom is just over $1,000. But did you know that you can actively minimize the risk to get infected? Find out how.

Malware

Malware, or malicious software, is any type of software deliberately created to assist in a cybercrime, like data theft or device corruption. Malware attacks are on the rise, suggesting we’re more vulnerable than ever to the serious repercussions of this dangerous software. Does that sound scary? Don’t worry – we’ll give you a better understand of malware and what you can do to stay safe in this article.

 

Browsing and scrolling without online security software installed on your device is a gamble. Avira’s security software can be downloaded and installed in a matter of minutes, providing you with security and peace of mind.

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