Join Nancy C. Muir for an in-depth discussion in this video Why do you need Norton Internet Security?, part of Norton Internet Security Essential Training.
In this movie, I'll give you an overview of the types of threats that can damage your data or expose you to identity theft scams. Though Norton Internet Security will handle most of these without you needing to know exactly what it's doing, a solid understanding of threats helps you to understand how the various settings covered in this course work to keep you safer. To understand what security software can do for you, you have to understand what's going on out there. According to Symantec, the maker of Norton products, there was a 91% increase in targeted attacks in 2013.
And today, about 55% of all email is spam. When you run a scan using Norton Internet Security, it looks for several forms of online threats that can be used to steal your identity or corrupt your data, take control of your computer, use your email account to spam to your contacts, or follow your keystrokes to steal your account passwords or identity. On top of the threats to your data, when these programs are downloaded without your knowledge, your computer's performance can take a big hit.
Suddenly, your every action takes forever to complete. Norton products can help you block many threats and detect malicious downloads that get through. It ca also analyze and improve your computer's performance. When you run a scan with Norton Internet Security, just what does the program look for? Malware is the broad category of major threats to your computer that Norton products are designed to block. Short for malicious software, Malware can damage computer systems or data, invade your privacy, steal your personal information or otherwise damage your computer without your permission or knowledge.
The list of common forms of Malware is long. There's Spyware, Trojan horses, Viruses, Worms, Keyloggers, Adware, Crimeware and Bots. I'll start by taking a closer look at Spyware, which is just as creepy as it sounds. Spyware is a kind of software that gathers information about your computer and the way you use it every day. The software, using an internet connection, sends the information back to the spy who planted the program. Spyware's sneaky because it installs itself and runs silently in the background, unless you run a security program to detect and disable it.
Now, take a look at the Trojan Horse. The name Trojan Horse says it all because it's a bad program that looks like legitimate software. Trojans can actually let somebody take control of your computer or launch an attack on your data or computer system remotely. The only good news about Trojan Horse is, is that they can't reproduce themselves like several forms of Malware can. Still, folks who use Trojan Horse programs find ways to distribute them far and wide. A Virus is a program that installs itself on computers and can replicate itself so it spreads like the common cold.
In fact, when a computer contains a virus, the computer is said to be infected. An infected computer can open up your system to all kinds of attacks. Depending on the virus, it could do bad things, like grabbing hard disk space or slowing down your computer processor. One of Norton Internet Security's strengths is finding and getting rid of viruses. Like a Virus, a Worm can also replicate and distribute itself all over the Internet via email and other ways. A Worm can breach security of a computer that's infected and harm the computer system and the data stored on it.
One of the bits of Malware that I hate most is Keylogger Software. Once it's downloaded to your computer, this nasty software can monitor your every key stroke. That means the person who passed on the software can see what you typed when you enter passwords, account numbers for your bank or credit card, email contents, and more. Adware causes those annoying advertising pop-ups on your computer. Though Adware is more annoying than damaging, it's an invasion of your privacy and could monitor you when you browse online. Then its owners can send or sell that information to others. Crimeware is a category of Malware used to find your financial account information to steal money from you.
And finally, a Bot, as in robot, is a program that creeps around the internet and pretends to be a person online. Bots are used by legitimate search engines to scan sites for keywords. But it's also possible for a bot to take control of your computer and attack your data. So in this movie, you learned about some of the threats Norton Internet Security helps you deal with. But always remember, security software can only protect against certain types of threats and no security product captures everything. It's up to you to use your common sense when you're online.
And use your security software as one piece in your online safety kit.
She explains how to set up real-time protection, configure scans of your system, and schedule tasks so that they don't hog system resources at important times. She'll also show how to set up a Smart Firewall to protect your entire network, and configure antivirus and antispam protection for messaging and email. Then learn how to protect and control your family's experience online, use an Identity Safe account for web browsing, and work with Norton's add-on cloud-sharing, mobile security, and remote monitoring services. Finally, Nancy explains how to incorporate Norton software as part of an overall privacy and security effort.
- Installing Norton Internet Security
- Excluding sites from scans
- Viewing performance data
- Running updates
- Configuring and running scans
- Protecting yourself online and on mobile devices