Identity theft and credit card fraud happen every day. However, the remedies taken to protect ourselves against these threats do not carry the same importance as the weight of the fear. For instance, a majority of consumers use the antivirus program that comes already installed on their computers. These programs are NOT pre-installed, because they are the best. They are pre-installed to exploit the money making opportunity associated with being pre-installed. Often these pre-loaded programs slow down your computer and are a step or two behind the actual viruses and hackers. So what should you do to protect yourself?
If you want to prevent a robbery at your home you get a lock on a door, a deadbolt, an alarm system, and cameras. If you do it for your home and material possessions, then why not institute the same approach for your identity and account information. Since a single anti-virus program can’t prevent everything, we recommend a triple layered approach. Make sure you safeguard against viruses, malware and ransomware. The more layers you have, the more difficult it is to get compromised. Using professional grade applications such as Vipre, Malware Bytes, and Umbrella will give you unparalleled protection these off–the-shelf programs can’t match. This approach will help alleviate the false sense of security and limit your exposure to risks.