Are Computer Viruses Really a Threat?

There comes a time when almost everyone thinks twice about laying down the bucks for a Norton or MacAfee Upgrade. Is there really a threat out there, or is it all hype by the software companies trying to scare us into buying their software.

Sadly, the answer is yes, unequivocally yes, there are viruses out there, a lot of them; just last year the London Times reported that the number of active computer viruses had topped one million. And there are a lot of people busily developing new ones as you read this. Recent statistics have shown that as much as thirty percent of all e-mails sent across the Internet are launched by viruses that have taken over someone’s computer and e-mail account, quite often without the owner ever being aware. The situation is so dire that the FBI has set up a cyber division to “address cybercrime in a coordinated and cohesive manner.”

The good news is that most modern viruses are created for the purpose of stealing information, rather than destroying it; if you can call that good news. The bad news is that it has become so easy to create a virus now that virtually anyone can download the necessary tools, create a new virus and release it, all in just a few minutes time. This means, for example, someone visiting your home for a picnic perhaps, could get on your computer, write a virus and release it, leaving a trail back to you.

The question most people ask after finding their computer infected is, why? Why do people write viruses? Why do they unleash them on others? What is their deal?

Well, believe it or not, some studies have been done and it seems there are a variety of reasons a person might have for becoming a virus writer. The biggest seems to be because it gives people who feel they have no control over their lives a way of wresting some control back without having to actually do anything in their real lives. Another reason is because there are people who are politically motivated or are angry at Microsoft or other big software or computer companies. They want to hurt them, by hurting their customers. Finally, there are people out there who just want to feel superior to others by writing viruses that only infect if someone on the other end does something, like click on an attachment to an e-mail, or a picture on a web site. In these scenarios, the person is actually infecting themselves through their own actions.

Next, people generally want to know if they (their computer) are safe. The answer to this one is, it depends on how diligent they are. Just as people who wash their hands a lot and don’t touch stuff that people with biological viruses have touched, are less prone to catching a virus, so too are people who install anti-virus software on their computers, keep them up to date, don’t click on attachments in e-mails from people they don’t know and avoid questionable web sites, particularly those peddling smutty stuff. Also, it should be noted that it is true that those people using computers from Apple or other companies that run operating systems not from Microsoft are relatively safe simply because there are so few of them compared to the standard Windows, which means the virus writer won’t get much of a bang for their efforts.

Finally, what sort of things can happen to you and your computer if you do get infected? The answer depends on what sort of virus or attack you experience. You might suffer loss or damage to data or have information stolen, such as personal information (documents, passwords or private images) or credit card or bank information stolen. Think of it this way. Viruses or other types of computer attacks come in two basic forms. They either seek to damage your data, or steal information. The second includes attempts to use your computer as way to infect other computers through your e-mail client.

In conclusion, you can feel good about yourself for buying the latest anti-virus software, or spending the money for the update, because it truly is protecting you and your computer from all sorts of awful things, which could make your life miserable, at least for awhile. Good luck to you and I hope you are following all the guidelines
/Computer Product Review: The North Face Multisport Laptop Sleeve/These days almost everyone owns a computer, with many business men and women along with college students opting for a laptop. Laptops are a great way to get a portable connection to the internet and to your friends and family. When buying a laptop, especially one that’s going to be used often, the most important thing you can do is buy a laptop sleeve. Laptop sleeves protect your laptop from being tumbled around while also protecting all the physical aspects of your computer, including the outside and even the screen. Many people who opt to go without a laptop sleeve usually end up with a physically damaged computer within the first few months of carrying it around.

Being a college student myself, one of the most important things I own is my Macbook laptop. My laptop is literally my entire life wrapped into a small computer. When I first got my computer, I didn’t really think a laptop sleeve was important. Afterall, it just seemed like additional money to spend. However, one day while I was walking to class with my laptop in hand, I dropped it right on the concrete walkway. My computer had a huge crack on the side and I had to make a claim with my insurance to fix it. My rates went up and overall it was a bad experience. I knew I had to get a laptop sleeve, especially since I’m prone to dropping electronics (phone, iPod, and laptop included).

One brand I’ve been shopping and buying from frequently very recently is North Face. North Face is well known for their clothing, especially their Denali fleece jackets. When I went shopping for a laptop sleeve, I immediately turned to North Face to see if they had any available online. And to my surprise they did! I immediately saw the North Face Multisport Laptop Sleeve for $39. I decided to go ahead and purchase the laptop sleeve directly from the North Face website in League Blue in a size small for my 13-inch Macbook. And let me tell you, it was the best decision I’ve made for my laptop yet.

First off the North Face Multisport Laptop Sleeve has a ton of features. It has vertical and horizontal access, a stretch woven zip pocket and document sleeve, tuck-away handles, excellent padding, and it also is compatible with most 17-inch laptops (depending on what size you choose).

When I first received my North Face Multisport Laptop Sleeve, I immediately wanted to use it and take it to class. I turned off my computer and tucked it away in the laptop sleeve, power cord and charger included. Surprisingly everything fit inside very nicely. The laptop sleeve features handles, which makes it easy to carry and unnecessary to put it into another bag, unless you really wanted to. While I was walking to class, I accidentally dropped my computer again while trying to make it through a crowd of people and being accidentally bumped. My laptop actually survived the fall and was in perfect condition! I was shocked and in awe over how much protection the North Face Multisport Laptop Sleeve actually offers.

Overall, I would rate the North Face Multisport Laptop Sleeve a 5/5. It’s a great deal for the price and it absolutely works at protecting your computer. It’s also very stylish and well-made. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good laptop sleeve for their computer.