One of the most important things to do as soon as you get a computer, is to install protections for it. Even if you have a computer right now that is not protected, but is connected to the Internet in some way, it is critical to have some type of protection in place to keep it safe. Imagine the computer and the Internet being a doorway for the world to come into your home and for you to explore the world. If you do not do something to protect that doorway, the wrong type of people and products will come through leaving you with countless risks to face.
There are many types of threats against the average computer user. Most of those threats come from the Internet’s ability to keep us connected with those around us. Computers are vulnerable to various threats, such as spam, viruses and spyware. These are all instances in which the computer could allow threats to come into your computer. In many cases, those threats are not going to be big problems. For example, a threat might allow spam emails to be sent. You can delete those without too much trouble. Other threats, though, can cause your computer to stop working or even allow vulnerable, sensitive information to pass through to those who should not have it.
You can do something about this. The first thing to do is to have security and protection on your computer. It works as a gateway to limit the amount of information that can go out or come in to your computer that you do not approve. Virus protection ensures that information coming through your system is positive and able to meet with your approval. Without this type of shield, you could be allowing sensitive data to flow through, leaving you a potential victim to the world around you. Realize this risk and prevent it.