Security / hacking

Why everyone needs better digital security

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kaspersky Lab. All opinions are 100% mine.

The internet has changed the world in more ways than many thought possible over the last twenty years, but the more we do online the more vulnerable we are to hackers, viruses, and other web-based nasties. It is more important ever, therefore, that we protect ourselves, our family, and our businesses with antivirus and security suites.

Many people just use the antivirus software came bundled with their laptop and think they are protected. However, when you look at the independent antivirus tests from sources like AV Test, these bundled tools rarely win any awards, and tend to either miss new “0-day” threats or slow down your computer – or both.

We all rely on the internet for banking, tax filing, photo sharing, and just about everything else it is worth paying a little extra for the best security tools. And after years of using their products I can happily recommend Kaspersky Lab‘s security suite to get the job done. Their software is the world’s most awarded protection for good reason – it offers great protection you can trust for a reasonable yearly fee.

At Home

Once upon a time people only had one shared computer in their homes, but these days the average family has a variety of connected devices from laptops to tablets to smartphones and they all need protection.

Each of our devices hold personal information we don’t want falling into the wrong hands. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a Windows gaming PC, a MacBook Pro, an iPad, an iPhone or a Pixel smartphone – all of these devices can be the target of hackers looking to steal your information or viruses that can encrypt your data and ransom it back to you for Bitcoin.

Kaspersky Total Security is one of the few security suites that offers protection for all your devices, no matter the platform with five devices protected for under $50 or ten for under $75 per year – which should cover most family situations.

Kaspersky Total Security

For those with kids looking for a bit more control then Kaspersky Security Cloud can protect up to 20 devices used in the home or elsewhere. It also makes use of artificial intelligence to adapt to how each member of your family uses their devices and alerts you when things appear out-of-the-ordinary, and most important of all it offers advanced parental controls to make sure your children are safe online.

At the Office

Whilst our home PCs and smart devices contain a variety of information hacker might want to steal, it pales in comparison to the sort of data held by businesses large and small. Businesses not only have their own financial services and often access to far more money, but the user information they hold (such as credit card details, passwords, and more) could be wort much more.

It is crucial that businesses take online threats seriously, and the leak of personal information from recent hacks of respected digital companies like Adobe, Yahoo, and LinkedIn show how badly users can be affected by poor security decisions from businesses large and small. And if the bad press and potential lawsuits from such hacks were not bad enough, the recent GDPR regulations in Europe mean businesses that do not protect their customers’ data can also face huge fines.

Luckily, for SMEs Kaspersky Small Office Security will protect the laptops and mobiles of between 5 and 50 employees for a very reasonable fee, as well as offering security for Windows file servers and helping protect your business from nasties like ransomware and online fraud.

Kaspersky Small Office Security

If you have a laptop, tablet, or smartphone it is about time you started to think more seriously about digital security and how to best protect yourself, your family, and your business online. The first and most important thing to remember is to keep your software up-to-date with the latest updates and security patches but choosing a better security suite is a very close second.

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