Our desktop computers and laptops at home are one of the most common targets for various cyber intruders. It is because that various intruders are generally interested on what you have stored in your computer. They can be looking into your bank account information, credit card numbers, and almost anything that they could find. Intruders steal information about your identity and can freely use your credit cards and bank accounts to pay for their expenses.
However, some intruders may not only go after your money. Some may be interested with the resources stored in your computer such as your internet connection, your huge hard disk space and even your fast processor. They can use these resources to sabotage other online computers. The more the computers and resources the intruder uses, the more difficult to exactly figure out the origin of the attack. If these intruders cannot be found, they can never be stopped nor prosecuted.
The main reason why our personal computers and laptops become the common victims of cybercrimes is that we barely make our computers secure making it easy for intruders to break into our system. Home computers with high-speed internet connections that are always turned on can be an easy target for intruders. Although intruders can also attack computers with dial-up internet connections, computers connected to high-speed internet seems to be their most favored targets.
Most of the times, intruder attacks tend to be successful now matter how computers are connected to the internet. Many people fail to realize that they should pay attention to various types of computer security to ward off intruders. Each person who owns a computer has the full responsibility over it. It is important to have at least some knowledge on the different tasks that they can do to improve their safety when it comes to computer systems. The main goal is to keep your computer free from intruders.
One of the best ways to provide security for your computer is through installation of anti-virus programs. These programs individually scans the contents of each file that are stored in your computer in search for specific patterns that can match the profiles of virus signatures which are known to cause harm to your computer. For every file that matches a certain virus signature, the anti-virus program usually offers several options on how to take action such as destroying or deleting the infected file or removal of the offending patterns.