Keeping my information safe is a priority online, as it should be for everyone. Internet hacking is a mainstream business and you can be a target as easily as the next person. If you think you are safe without internet protection, check out these Internet Security Myths provided by Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security.
Internet Security Myth: No one will try to break into my computer because it has nothing of value.
Fact: Unfortunately, you have more information than you may think on your computer. Do you do your banking online? Do you send and receive emails that contain sensitive or personal information? Have you ever entered personal information such as a social security number, credit card number, or even a username and password into a website? Even your machine can be used in a denial of service attack against government networks or used to store the criminal's stolen data since they don't want the FBI finding the stolen data on their machines. Data, machine resources, hard disk space all can be sold within the underground market for profit, so don't believe that your computer is not of value. There are tools available on the Internet that allow criminals to discover and identify this information on your computer if they can get access to your network. Trend Micro researchers work with law enforcement regularly and see all the different types of data that are sold within the underground market. This collaboration allows us to build better defenses for our customers based on better understanding of these criminal activities.
Fact: Not true. There are many security tools that have been developed with simplicity in mind. Some of these security tools have even been developed so that all the user has to do is install it, and it does the rest itself! Trend Micro recommends users be security conscious in their day to day computer habits. This is because criminals use social engineering techniques like phishing emails to trick users into installing their malicious code. Also, FakeAV is very prevalent and a user should know how to identify FakeAV if it happens to pop-up on their screen. Being a bit suspicious about emails and pop-ups can help a user in the long run. Trend Micro has a number of video's that teach users how to identify threats and we recommend they take some time to review these.
Fact: Don't be so sure that you know what is running on your computer. In fact, we think it would be a good assumption to think that the majority of computer users do not know about everything that is running on their computer. There are very clever people out there that have discovered how to masquerade and hide programs that they don't want users to see. Rootkits are commonly used by cybercriminals which are techniques that allow malware and other components of their attack to hide from view. An example would be the ability of a file to hidden within a folder even when the user selects to view hidden files within explorer. Most infections come from software that installs itself, not by the user and does so without the users knowledge. Trend Micro includes rootkit detection and behavior monitoring software within our solutions in order to detect these types of activities.
With Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security, you can sleep a little easier knowing that they are monitering for even the most obscure threats to your personal information. It's easy to install and you can just sit back and relax! Once installed, you can open the Main Console with one click, to view current Web Threats and SpyWare that Titanium Maximum Security is monitoring and removing. And it is monitoring your system at all times, but you can also choose to run a quick scan at any time!