If we believed everything we were told, we’d think that our computers, our identity and our money was constantly under attack and that we can barely do any task on our machine without leaving us at risk. Although there is a big to both our computers and our identity, most of the risk is based on our own user-action. For example, thinking our bank really has emailed us personally and requires us to login and enter our password to update our account.
If you use the Internet with some caution, avoid sites that you’ve not used before (avoid giving our your email address, using the same password across site and using credit cards with a deliberately low credit ceiling) and do not install software on your desktop that does not come highly recommended, then you’ll be fine. Of course, if you have one desktop computer and your kids are rather reckless, you have three choices: install parental control software, give them very limited account access on the computer or install powerful security software that protects every aspect of your computer.
Kaspersky AntiVirus 2010 is the latest version of their anti-virus and anti-spyware tool that will give basic protection against key online and offline threats. If you do not need the parental controls, can protect your own computer from phishing attacks, understand the problems with identity theft and do not need powerful anti-spam filters, then you can probably use this rather than Internet security suite.
The new 2010 version ships with a colour-coded link facility that will show you when links are potentially suspicious, a Kaspersky toolbar that informs you when a website is potential suspicious and a gaming mode to protect PC-based gamers.