While keeping your security software up-to-date is an obvious step even every major corporation takes, there is always a hole. When it comes to hacking, when there is a will there is always a way. Below are three reasons why security software isn’t enough to keep you safe.
Reason 1: Viruses are Evolving
According to the Chief of Information at Symantec, Norton’s parent company, anti-virus software is only able to effectively detect around 55% of viruses. The complexity of cyber threats and their multi-faceted nature create a unique difficulty in the cybersecurity space.
New methods of hacking into computers are being created every day. In addition, avoidable user mistakes, such as clicking a phishing link in an email or downloading a Trojan by accident, are uniquely difficult to defend against—and may pose a threat to your computer’s security.
Reason 2: Security Software is just one piece of the puzzle
To be as clear as possible, we recommend that you use anti-virus software. We are just saying that’s not all you should use. The reason being is that cybersecurity requires a vast range of defenses against potential threats. One of these defenses in your arsenal should be anti-virus software—as stated earlier, it does stop around 55 percent of viruses.
However, you should have more tools to protect yourself, such as constantly keeping your computer and browsers up to date, limiting the unknown links that you click, reducing your total downloads from unsecured sources, and having a cover over your webcam in case someone successfully compromises your system.
Reason 3: Software is Reactive, not Proactive
Most anti-virus software goes through a reactive process. The software won’t do much to keep you safe until you’ve already downloaded the virus.
On top of that, it could take hours for your software to detect the virus. A hacker could have your information before your anti-virus software even alerts you. Always try to find a balance between proactive and reactive solutions—to prevent attacks, as well as contain any potential damage of successful attacks.