We all know it’s vitally important to protect our computers, but it can be confusing when you don’t really know what kind of protection you need. Here’s a quick review of what you should know.
Firewall: A firewall prevents computers on a network from communicating directly with external computer systems. A firewall typically consists of a computer that acts as a barrier through which all information passing between the networks and the external systems must travel. The firewall software analyzes information passing between the two and rejects it if it does not conform to pre-configured rules.
Antispam: Spam is unwanted and unsolicited bulk email. Over 95% of all email today is spam. Much of the spam that shows up in your mail is annoying, but harmless. However, some can contain viruses or other malware. The best way to prevent spam from harming your computer is to keep it from ever landing in your inbox.
Antivirus: A virus is a computer program that can copy itself and infect a computer without a user’s permission or knowledge. Antivirus software can detect and remove harmful malware, including viruses, Trojan horses and worms from your computer. Some may also be able to stop spyware and adware. The best antivirus programs keep these from ever even getting onto your computer in the first place.
Traditional Internet security software resides on your computer and protects you by checking files and emails. You get periodic alerts to update your software as new threats are discovered and patches are developed to block them. If you forget to update your software, you are at risk for any newly developed threats. Since the Internet security software sits on your computer, you have to sacrifice system resources and speed in order to stay safe.
Trend Micro™ Titanium™ works in a completely different way. Titanium uses huge databases of information needed to protect your computer against viruses, spyware, other malware and compromised web sites. These databases are stored in “the cloud,“ – in other words on the Internet, ready for your computer to instantly access them whenever needed. With cloud-client technology, all of that data doesn’t take up space on your hard drive.
Whenever Titanium checks an email, a website, or a link, it communicates with an online database and analyzes its validity and safety. If anything suspicious is detected, you are protected. In addition, as Titanium finds new threats, that information is updated immediately on all of Trend Micro’s databases around the world. This means that your computer is always accessing the most current data possible on suspicious sites, spam and viruses. You don’t have to update anything on your computer.
Titanium also optimizes your Windows firewall, offering further protection. It’s a whole new way to protect your computer. In security, speed, or simplicity, nothing comes close to Titanium.