Safe browsing: Stay safe while browsing the web

Safe browsing is more important than ever.
Most people aren’t aware of all the dangers and risks involved when surfing the web today.

You regularily hear about high-profile and well known websites getting hacked, like newspapers, banks or government websites. So even if you only visit websites that you trust, make no mistake, YOU ARE NOT SAFE!

Getting infected is as easy as clicking on a link, or typing an url in your browser. It’s not like the old days, when you had to download a file and click to run it before your computer was infected. Today viruses install themself on your computer without so much as a small notice. It just happends without you ever knowing.
It’s not like the virus will flash a big sign in front of your face to let you know.

There are many different cinds of viruses. Some more annoying than others. The most dangerous viruses are those you never knew you had. These viruses are designed to monitor your computer 24/7, steal your password, identity and creditcard information.

How do viruses manage to infect your computer so easily?

A virus will infect your computer by exploting a flaw in the software (programs, applications) installed on your computer.
This can be your Internet Browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Opera..), plugins/addons running in your browser (Java, flash, javascript, Silverlight) or independent software like Adobe or Microsoft Word.
Ofcourse there are viruses targeting other software than the above, but these are the most common programs to find on your average personal computer.

Help! How do I stay safe?

I hope I havent scared you too much by now. The answer is: It’s very easy to stay safe.
A lot of people are already doing it without giving it much tought!

GET A VIRUS SCANNER! Safe browsing.
Most perferably an Internet Security package. Internet Security packages are superior to regular Virus scanners.
An Internet Security package will solve all the above problems and prevent any infection from reaching your computer.
Internet Security packages usually cost a couple of dollars, but it’s worth the money.