Computer Virus Protection in Kansas City

January 08, 2014

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When it comes to the best computer virus protection in Kansas City, individuals and small businesses can rely on Prairie Star Technology to help them select from the more than 100 programs to choose from to protect their computer, data and privacy from cyber criminals and computer viruses.  These programs can range from free to nearly $99 a year.  They have different features including anti-virus, firewalls, email filters, real-time scanning, parental controls and spam blockers to name just a few.  Its all geeky sounding and overwhelming to normal people, so how does some choose the best computer virus protection in Kansas City?

Computers are constantly under attack from hackers who want to gain access to your PC, its contents and your private info.  While its hard to believe, one international computer virus lab tracked approximately 200,000 new computer viruses created per day in 2012…………. that is about 140 new viruses per second……..every day…….for a whole year!!!!! Even more concerning is that a new virus designed to steal your bank account information is created every minute.   And the threats are growing by about 80% per year!!!

Many wonder why there are so many computer viruses.  The simple answer is money,   LOTS of money.   Hackers can make thousands, even tens of thousands, of dollars a day.  And, there is a very slim chance of being caught…..believe it or not, the average of a hacker that is actually caught is just 13 years old.   While everyone knows its important to protect your credit card from theft while online, cyber criminals can make money off of you and your computer a number of different ways.  Here are just a few examples:

  • Sell your social media passwords;
  • Sell your iTunes, Amazon, eBay, Skype and Paypal passwords;
  • Hold your social media accounts for ransom;
  • Store illegal material on your computer, i.e., child pornography or credit card data;
  • Sell your email password;
  • Sell access to your computer to other cyber criminals;
  • Use your computer to attack other computers, servers or websites;
  • Use your computer to send spam email;
  • Hold the data on your computer for ransom;
  • Sell personal data to other cyber criminals.

Because its is so easy to make lots and lots of money and almost no chance of getting caught, cyber crime is growing rapidly, becoming more complex and harder to defend against.  They are sneaky and can make it appear that your computer virus protection is turned on and working when in fact it isn’t.  Some computer viruses are even immortal and can resurrect themselves after your anti-virus software supposedly deletes it.

If you are looking for the best computer virus protection in Kansas City, Prairie Star Technology recommends Kaspersky Internet Security.   When compared and tested by truly a truly independent security lab, Kaspersky consistently rates as #1 or #2 among both paid and free software programs by stopping 99.9% of viruses.

We used to be big proponents of a couple of the free anti-virus software programs available out there, but they just aren’t very good and experience tells us that the bad guys know how to get around the free anti-virus packages.  This includes Microsoft’s Security Essentials which was recently shown that it misses nearly 40% of viruses and malware.

When looking for the best computer virus protection in Kansas City, its important to remember that many features of the software aren’t enabled by default and that the user must determine how to best configure the software for their situation.  And, do it without an instruction manual.  That’s why to really have the best computer virus protection in Kansas City, its best to have a professional install, set-up and configure the software so that you get the best level of protection and privacy.

To get the best computer virus protection in Kansas City, Olathe, Overland Park, Leawood, Shawnee, Lenexa or Prairie Village, call us at 913/730-6262 or visit us online at www.prairiestartechnology.com and let us impress you with our service, knowledge and value.  

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Founded in 2010, Prairie Star Technology is an independent IT service and support firm located in Overland Park, KS.  We offer on-site computer service and support throughout the greater Kansas City area, including Overland Park, Shawnee, Olathe, Kansas City, Lenexa, Prairie Village, and Leawood and remote help desk support to clients nationally.  We specialize in improving computer performance, reliability and security for residential and small business customers.  We are focused on providing fast, professional and CompTIA certified computer support to clients nationwide.   Our unique managed service program, Complete Computer Care, combines remote monitoring, preventative maintenance and Internet security all in one bundled offering starting at $15.99 a month.

If you would like to find out more about how we can improve your computers security to better protect your personal identity, documents, pictures and other data and make your computer faster and more fun to use, call us at 913/730-6262 or on our Contact Us page.  If you are going to take on the risks of the Internet, you owe it to your data to have the best Internet security possible.

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When it comes to the best computer virus protection in Kansas City, Olathe, Overland Park, Leawood, Shawnee, Lenexa or Prairie Village. individuals and small businesses can rely on Prairie Star Technology to protect they privacy and data from cyber criminals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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