It’s not just athletics, it’s about running and winning in the competitive race of life online. Once the starter’s gun goes off and the competition starts, there is a wild world of malware, invasive attack attempts and technical issues ready to trip people up on a moment’s notice.
In just one day this month, there were more than 373,000 blocked attacks against a small set of Avira users. This set of users all had Avira (Free or Pro version) with the optional Avira Browser Safety plugin.
- Malware topped the daily chart with 56.6% of the total attacks. They included a grab bag of exploit kits, Trojans, and other traditional malware variants – enough for one out of every 24 computer users in a single day.
- Phishing attempts, where cybercriminals build counterfeit sites that mimic the real one, had a 30.6% share. Quite often these are designed to imitate banking sites to steal the unwary surfer’s personal and financial data.
- Malicious search engines attempting to take over the browser and redirect user searches made up 11.5% of all attacks.
- Potentially Unwanted Apps are often wrapped up in the software package picked up at a download portal. With a 1.3% share, these are often accidently downloaded by users due to clever social engineering tactics.
To succeed on a daily basis – and not let the bad stuff slow you down – you need to be backed by a full support team.
- Avira Antivirus – At the base equipment level, an effective, intelligent antivirus is essential. Avira has used Artificial Intelligence for years to uncover real, previously unknown threats. By looking at potential malware from several thousand perspectives, Avira can find the dangerous stuff far faster than through traditional analysis. This AI and machine learning is done in the cloud, freeing up your computer’s capacity for more important tasks – like staying ahead of the crowd. The Avira Browser Safety plug-in supplements these detections by blocking malicious URLs before they can damage your computer.
- Speedup – The first starting moments are a clear sign of your personal fitness – or not. The same principle applies to your computer. Avira System Speedup puts your computer on a fitness regime to delete junk files, defragment the hard drive, and clean up the registry. A good fitness regime is much more than a one-time crash diet, System Speedup keeps you up to date with quick startup display, info about your PC’s boot time, pertinent system information, and recommendations on how to improve its performance. In the average month, System Speedup does over 1 million optimizations for its users.
- Vault – Athletes often train privately for good reasons – they want to keep their competitive strategy under wraps. The same is true for you. Just because you hand your iPhone over to someone, you don’t want them to be able to access everything on the device. To keep important details private, Vault users typically add over 2,600 credit cards and 3,000 photos a month to the password protected, encrypted storage. Not everything should be openly accessible or stored in plain sight.
- Phantom Virtual Private Network –There are a number of hurdles between you and the content you want to access as many sites restrict access based on your location – whether you are at home or traveling abroad. To be really secure, and get the content you want, try the Phantom VPN. It keeps you safe while surfing…anywhere!