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I have to admit, this is the first time I have tried Vipre Anti-Virus software. Back then, it was always the big players like Norton and McAfee. However, their software never worked for me because as much as those applications bringing complete solutions for overall protection against virus, spyware and malware, they are just too resource intensive resulting in my PC slowing down.

I switched to lesser known anti-virus software thinking that all it really needs is an updated virus definition list to keep me protected all the time. That does not seem to be the case anymore as virus, spyware, malware and all those other bad things have evolved that a user really needs an anti-virus software that optimizes overall performance by incorporating protection modules against virus, spyware and malware into one cohesive tool.

This alone is possible if the software application is done right. I was lucky to test out Vipre Antivirus. But before that, you have to know that the current release is only for PC only. Installing the software is easy. A few clicks here and there and your system should then be protected in real time.

Now, the real test is to check out if Vipre bogs down my system or not and so far since the time I had started using it, it did not have any adverse effect on my PC that slowed it down. This is more like it considering that previous anti-virus software applications I used really were resource hoggers that it did not last long in my system because I uninstalled it.

One feature I like is the capability to schedule scans which really is a big help because Vipre can maximize the user’s time by running scan while the user may be out. I can also view history report summaries and reports, eliminate any trace of files in my PC and go deeper within the system to look at settings normally hidden by the operating system.

But the main core of what Vipre does is more than enough for me. Real time protection is very important considering that today almost all of us are online most of the time. Vipre does what it is supposed to do, all while not bringing down my PC’s overall performance.

Also, those who buy this software gets free U.S. based technical support. Pretty sweet deal right? Give Vipre a download and let me know what you think. You can find more details at vipreantivirus.com or at http://www.facebook.com/GFIVIPREAntivirus.

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of CDW for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Security is undoubtedly important. One may really not put focus into it until something hits them and that will be the time that they will scramble to fix that exploit. No online business wants their data compromised. Who does, right?

In a world where technology is evolving, one must take every precaution available. Believe me, if it hits you, it will hit you bad. Good if you have technical knowhow but for those who do not, it is a really big headache and looking for people to fix your problem may be even more expensive.

These threats evolve every day and hackers are very devious that they can almost find another way to exploit a site’s  loophole if left unguarded. So what are these 7 Identified Threats? I will explain them and give you a little idea.

1) Malware – surprisingly, my blog was hit by this a few days ago. I already had a few security plugins put in place but it seemed that it was not enough. Good thing I was able to fix it though. Malware is nasty, considering that their only purpose is to infiltrate a computer without the owner’s consent and unleash mayhem and possibly steal data.

2) Attacks on web browsers/hostile email attachments – aaah attachments. Remember the rule on not opening any attachment if you have no idea what it is? It is best to depend on mail services like GMail and Yahoo because at least they have anti virus services that scan your attachments before you even attempt to download them.

Pop-ups are also a nuisance, hence default popup blockers are put in place by web browsers to ensure users do not unwittingly click on them.

3) SQL injection attack – this one is pretty common amongst sites that depend heavily on server side scripting to produce HTML content. An attacker’s malicious SQL input can corrupt the application layer of the website thereby messing the SQL commands issued to the database and compromising client workstations.

4) Configuration management/PC lockdown – some companies are lax when it comes to this though I pretty much understand why some companies are strict with regards to the software installed to each employee workstation. Installing just about anything can sometimes lead to hazards like vulnerabilities and failure points. You don’t want an inside job to happen with some disgruntled employee looking for gaps or breakdowns to exploit, right?

5) Password issues – let me put it this way. Use a strong password, one that uses a combination of alphanumeric characters plus symbols like underscore and using uppercase on some of the alphabet characters. It is better to be safe than sorry. It will be pretty hard to get over it if your files are stolen or compromised and there is no way to get them back (if they get deleted).

6) Wireless security – mobile is a hit in the technology world today and WIFI is a seemingly important cog in order for people to be connected all the time. Not everybody uses their data plans since they can be pretty expensive if overused. Hence, a protected WIFI hotspot should be enforced either by placing a password or setting up each device’s MAC address to ensure only those authorized are allowed to access it.

7) Loss of mobile devices – considering that majority of the world depend on mobile devices to access the Internet and store important data, many of us still do not take precautions like encrypting them or place a remote wipe feature to clear all data in case it gets lost or stolen. Worse, many firms lack the ability to track and lock devices too. However, there are software apps that do this and the mobile user should also be responsible enough to make sure his/her mobile phone is secure even if it gets lost or stolen.

As I said before, not everybody is technologicaly inclined. However, there are serviecs and software applications that help monitor your sites and important data. For CDW’s side, I believe they have the capability and their accomplishments speak for itself.

CDW is a leading provider of technology solutions for business, government, education and healthcare. Proof of where they stand as a company is the fact that they are ranked No. 38 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies, featuring dedicated account managers who help customers choose the right technology products and services to best meet their unique needs.

Data loss can make a company look bad. Remember the Sony Playstation network debacle? That really put them in a bad light.

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macSo there seems to be a new malicious program that targets Mac of which the cause comes from pirated versions of iWork. While the effect is not so severe, as once your unit becomes part of a botnet (your unit becomes part of a network controlled by the author of the virus) when infected with it, I still do not like the notion that my Macbook is infected with something. Guess it is time for people to use anti virus softwares for the Mac. It can be a pretty good news for anti virus software makers as people would then purchase one so that their Macs will be protected.

So starts the end of Mac’s so called invulnerability to malwares and viruses. It was only a matter of time that this will happen and it finally did. For noobs who have no idea about technology stuff, they think that Macs are immune to it even the fact that Apple boasts the same thing. It is never immune. It was only like that because not much people use Mac OS. Hackers target Windows because of its user base which they can victimize quite a lot whereas comparing it to the number of people using Mac OS is still a huge difference. But I did notice that more and more people have switched on to Mac and that can only mean hackers will take interest on it. As I said, it was only a matter of time …

CNN has an article about this. Click here to read more about it.

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