The downside to IT

free_antivirus_softwareWhilst an excellent aid, IT can also be very easily compromised if the right precautions aren’t taken. Hacking is a term used to describe any sort of effort taken to manipulate the usual conduct of IT and its associated systems. A hacker is someone who performs manipulations in order to extract, modify or delete data from both the internet and also an IT system (like a laptop or phone). An IT system also can become susceptible to viruses– a general term used to describe malicious software, also known as “malware” that, when implemented onto an IT system, duplicates itself through copying its source code. This results in the IT system becoming infected, and can lead to the modification of many computer programs within the IT system, causing data loss, reproduction, deletion or amendment. In order to protect oneself against hacking and viruses, it is recommended that the IT user does not store their personal information (such as bank details, addresses and other identifying details) online, as this could be easily accessed and distributed if compromised. It is also highly recommended that the IT user installs and uses an antivirus software on their system, to prevent malware attacks. Popular antivirus software packages include:

  • FortiClient
  • Comodo Antivirus
  • Qihoo 360 Total Security
  • MalwareBytes
  • AdAware Free Antivirus
  • AVG Antivirus
  • Avast Free Antivirus

Most recently, the media has reported on many hackings of IT systems, famously these include:

  • Wiki Leaks
  • Ashley Maddison client information leaks
  • Celebrity photo and personal video leaks
  • Government official personal expenditure and budget leaks.

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