Antivirus programs are the first layer of defense against attacks on your device. While these programs can detect, block, and quarantine threats, they are not perfect. Tougher attacks can penetrate (or bypass) these defenses, leaving your files vulnerable. To help ensure maximum protection for your data, you need to supplement your antivirus with other programs.
There are a number of ways to help out your device. Here are some items you should consider adding to your programs.
Viruses are not the only threat to your device. Viruses, spyware, worms, Trojans, and adware all fall under the same umbrella – malware. Malware in general can wreak havoc to your system in countless ways. They can delete your files, add content without your permission, control your device remotely, and steal your information.
Malwarebytes for instance is a fantastic program to have in addition to your antivirus. With regular scans, you can ensure that your device has maximum protection.
Plenty of malware cases often come from sketchy websites. While it is possible for someone to go there directly, most of the time clicking on a sketchy ad is the culprit. Ads are a norm when browsing online websites. Whether it is on a desktop or mobile, you cannot escape ads flashing on your screen. Most of these ads are harmless. Some however can be very dangerous. They can link you to malicious sites, create pop-ups, and steal your information.
A good way to prevent any accidental clicks is by installing ad-blocking plugins. You can install these third party programs on your phone or browser. With these active, you will see empty spaces instead of blinking ads. This also removes the chance of accidental clicks or the appearance of pop-ups.
Best thing about these is that they are low maintenance. You do not need regular scans to use them. It is as easy as installing them, and they will do the job until you deactivate them yourself.