As we become more reliant on our computers and the internet for our daily tasks, more viruses and spyware attacks are affecting large numbers of US households and businesses. There are many antivirus and internet security packages offered on the market, and in some cases free of charge, but you need to be careful who you trust with you and your family’s information. If your computer does not have an antivirus and internet security package, you may want to consider purchasing one very soon. Below are five reasons why you should consider the purchase.
Protection from Viruses
In 2016, more than 16 million US households were affected by viruses, and 8 million affected by spyware. The losses incurred from these invasions are upwards of $4.55 billion dollars during 2012 alone. These attacks on your computer slowdown processing speeds, can delete your stored information, and permanently damage your computer physically. Being affected by these viruses not only damages your computer, but can steal valuable information as well.
Stealing Your Identity
Spyware is one of the main causes for identity theft in the United States. Without antivirus or internet security software, your computer could have spyware and you wouldn’t even know it until something happens. This type of virus is designed to retrieve any personal information including social security numbers, bank accounts, and credit card information. The cost of protecting yourself is nothing compared to the headache identity theft can have, and in most cases a large impact to your credit report.