We’ve all been exposed to different movies or television shows that portray a hacker living in some basement, drinking Red Bull, and chain-smoking while they attempt a massive threat on your neighbor’s computer in hopes of destroying the data that is like the low-hanging fruit on a peach tree. Realistically, this is not the way it goes for your neighbor or the hacker. Typically, the hacker is busy coding viruses that they can release onto the internet in hopes of penetrating the anti-virus software and firewall of any computer that may come into contact with theirs. To understand the risk of being connected to the internet 24/7 we need to understand anti-virus programs and what they can and cannot do to protect you.

How it Works

Generally speaking, software packages like Norton, Kaspersky, and McAfee, work by scanning and examining the files on your computer. The programs will look for patterns or signatures in the code that contain similarities to code that’s been found in malware. If and when the anti-virus software identifies certain behaviors or code that is included in its database of malware code, the program will flag the file containing the suspicious code and alarm you of the potential threat.

Finding the Work Around

The hackers may elect to go around the anti-virus software altogether by sending their attack through a different route. They may, for example, embed some malicious code in a video stream in an attempt to get your video player to take part in their attack. Doing so, enables the hacker to disguise the attack and hides the malicious code from being detected by the anti-virus scan.

New Kid on the Block

Since we know that the virus scan is attempting to identify malicious code that already exists, we have to consider new malicious code that has not caught the attention of the main anti-virus programs. Hackers can be very sophisticated and tenacious. While the big three are adapting to existing malicious code signatures, hackers are busy writing new code that the anti-virus program will not have in their database. It is a continuous fight to remain one step ahead while the big anti-virus companies are scrambling to update the signatures and methods in their database.

Cross your fingers or Take Action

Rather than cross your fingers and hope that Norton, Kaspersky, and McAfee will release updates in time to save your hard drive from malicious attacks, why not add another layer of protection by calling in the experts who know where the vulnerabilities exist and have them install another layer or two of protection.

You can start by contacting the experts at Kataku Computer Support and discover how quick and easy it is to stay ahead of the black hats when the white hats are on your side.