We live in a world where information is always available with a quick click of a mouse. But what you find online may not always be what you were looking for, especially when it comes to malicious codes and viruses that can threaten your privacy online.

Protecting your computer and identity online is a critical part of securing your wealth and well-being. One of the best ways to reduce your risk of identity theft online is with up-to-date anti-virus software. This can stop criminals trying to hack into your computer to steal your personal information and monitor your web browsing activities. If your computer has outdated anti-virus software, or doesn’t have anti-virus protection at all, you risk having malware infect your computer, which is malicious software that can significantly damage your computer.

Here are some things that we recommend you look in anti-virus software for your personal computer:

  • Scan frequency

    . The anti-virus software you use should scan your hard drive and email daily and isolate any threats.
  • Automatic updates

    . The software you use should automatically search for updates and install all updates as soon as they are available.
  • Technical support

    . In the event your system becomes infected and/or your software is not performing as it should, having the reach back of technical support will bring you peace of mind and protect you from unexpected expenses.
  • Reputation

    . Search online for customer reviews of the software before you commit to any software. Along those lines, thoroughly research free anti-virus software to ensure that you are getting a quality product that will work for your needs.