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Free antiviruses don’t work – Albert Naa cautions

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Albert Naa, a software developer and CEO of Norgence, is calling on individuals and organisations to prioritise protecting their online data and identities. In a recent statement on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show with Mark Smith, Mr. Naa emphasised that relying on free antivirus software is insufficient and could even leave users vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Mr. Naa stressed that while free antivirus programmes may seem like a cost-effective solution, they are often inadequate when it comes to safeguarding against advanced threats, such as ransomware, phishing attacks, and other types of malware. Additionally, many free antivirus products are known to collect and sell user data, further compromising user privacy and security.

Mr. Naa advised internet users to invest in premium antivirus products that provide complete security features such as real-time protection, anti-phishing, and advanced malware detection to better defend themselves against cyber attacks. In the event of a security breach, such solutions frequently provide greater support and faster response times, decreasing the possible damage to personal or organisational data.

Mr. Naa’s appeal to action comes at a time when there are growing concerns about the security of online data and the rise of cybercrime. The need for effective cybersecurity safeguards has never been greater, as more individuals and businesses rely on digital platforms for communication, transactions, and data storage.

“Free antiviruses don’t work.”

“Absolutely not. These things are not even expensive. For instance, the Kaspersky antivirus last year was just about Ghc140 for the whole year. That is why education is important. There are times when you do not consciously put in the effort to understand the issue, and you may not know that you can simply attend to the issue. So today, even if you are paying Ghc200 for a Kasperskey antivirus licence, it is fair. That licence is an internet security licence. That antivirus protects you both locally on your machine and the internet.”

“The issue around playing loose with your anti-virus, this is what can happen to you; you are open to everybody unless you do open the internet. Even if you don’t go to the internet, there are times you copy materials on pendrives and then you put them on your machines so worms can attack you. These just replicate themselves and fill up your hard drive and then slow down your computer. Then, you can also get infested with keyloggers,” he said. 

What are keyloggers?

Keyloggers can be installed on a victim’s computer through a variety of methods, including phishing emails, infected software downloads, or even physical access to the device. Once installed, the keylogger silently records every keystroke made on the computer, sending the information back to the hacker, who can then use it for identity theft, financial fraud, or other malicious purposes. As such, it’s crucial that individuals and organisations take proactive measures to protect themselves against keylogger attacks, such as using strong and unique passwords, keeping software up to date, and running regular malware scans. Additionally, individuals should be wary of suspicious emails or messages and avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from unknown sources. By staying vigilant and informed about the risks of keyloggers, we can help ensure a safer and more secure digital world.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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