Bob Rankin: The Missing Link in Computer Security

The Missing Link in Computer Security

By Bob Rankin

The Missing Link in Computer Security

Is your computer really secure? If you have antivirus software, malware scanners and a firewall, you might think you’re safe from hackers, crackers and identity thieves. But chances are, you’re missing one critical piece of the security puzzle. Read on to learn how to secure your software and truly lock down your computer…

Securing Your Software

You may feel safe behind a firewall and anti-virus software. But you’re not. Bad guys can still get to your personal information stored on your computer, and even take over your computer and run it as if it was their own. The gap in your armor? It’s the application software you use every day. Let’s look at just one recent example.

Do you ever read Adobe PDF files, in your browser or with Adobe Reader after downloading? Tens of millions of people do; PDF is one of the most widely used file formats. But unfortunately, hackers have found ways to embed malware in PDF files. New vulnerabilities are discovered in application software every hour, it seems.

Software developers issue patches and updates that close these doors to hackers in a never-ending game of Whack-A-Mole. A vulnerability pops up here, hit it with a patch. Another pops up over there, hit it with another patch. Developers provide the patches, but it’s up to you, the end user, to whack the moles by applying these patches.

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3 thoughts on “Bob Rankin: The Missing Link in Computer Security

  1. What does all this mean? So in other words you will correct it. Don’t know why I have your service. Going to check into another security system that backs their products. I will take it and pay the 170 dollars to get it fixed. and then will be canceling your service. This computer is 30 days old how can I have outdated software?
    Sharon

    • Hi Sharon,
      Just a couple things — first, this article is from 2012, and is not written by us. It is provided by one of our contributors. That being said, it still has some relevance today. It is important to ensure your operating system and third-party applications are updated. PC Matic does update several programs for you after scanning the system to see if there are any vulnerabilities or patches that need to be implemented. Below you can see a list of everything that PC Matic automatically updates to patch vulnerabilities.
      https://www.pcmatic.com/pro/prod-patch.asp
      Anything not on this list, including the operating system — need to be updated by the user.

      All of this being said, if a hacker attempts to exploit any vulnerability not patched by the user — PC Matic will still block the malicious activity from executing with its whitelist protection. Please let us know if you have more questions.

  2. As someone who styles himself as an IT security geek, it is rather scary to see an article that makes me stop and think. My work networks are secured but I rarely think that my home data is at risk. Now added PSI as my extra armour.

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