Avira antivirus updating
A second big ransomware attack - Petya - hit the headlines in late June.
It costs nothing to ensure your software is patched and up to date, and installing a decent antivirus package needn't cost you a penny either.
The free offerings from Avast, AVG, Avira, Bitdefender and Panda all offer basic antivirus and anti-malware protection, giving you a good chance to keep your PC free of threats which could lose you data and take a lot of time to put right.
At which point they are forced to find a technician (I can't tell you how many times friends have asked me to fix their computers) or ,more likely out of frustration, just go out and buy a new computer.
Then schedule your automatic updates for an appropriate time. While not immune to attack Mac viruses are very rare.
Most of the time an up-to-date operating system will improve the reliability, security and speed of your computer greatly.
Not to mention that new i Pod or i Touch you just got, won't work with Widows XP Sevice Pack 2.
It is as important to stay up-to-date as it is to actually have the antivirus software itself.
Staying informed and updated just makes sense - and saves you money in the long run.
A lot of people buy a computer, get it connected to the internet and use it until something goes horribly wrong (i.e.