While computers are much better equipped to handle security than they used to be, the threat of online viruses, malware and ransomware is very real. Not only is your computer at risk, so is your personal information, and everyone else’s who you communicate or share data with. That’s why it’s even more important now than ever for ESL teachers to protect your PC or Mac with a solid antivirus app.
As any online teacher can tell you, their computer is their lifeline to their work. If anything happens to it, especially if it happens before a class begins, then there will be trouble whether in the form of missed classes or losing their job.
For teachers who are abroad, the importance of protecting their computers may not be as immediate or as obvious. However, it is still important when you think about all of the passwords, financial information, and personal information., that the average person uses on their computer every day.
To many, it may seem as if there are fewer computer viruses nowadays and therefore fewer chances of getting a virus if you are just “careful” when using your computer while it is connected to the internet. However, this isn’t the full picture. The reality is, the software used to operate a computer has become more complex and the language used to create this software more robust, and, because of this, the skill needed to crack that software is much higher.
The threats that you face nowadays are much higher in level and much better designed than they used to be. This makes them harder to detect and much more malicious than in the past. As we will illustrate through the below reasons, now more than ever you need a solid antivirus program that can protect your computer whether you use it at home or abroad and in public or simply on your home Wifi network.
It isn’t just viruses anymore
Viruses are simply one type of malware that can infect your computer, steal your personal information, and wreak all sorts of havoc on your PC or Mac.
What’s the difference between malware and a virus? Let’s explain:
Malware is simply an umbrella term used to describe unwanted programs that can potentially infect your computer. These programs include spyware, trojans, viruses, ransomware, etc.
In the past, most people were worried about basic computer viruses and potentially trojans. But, as we mentioned before, as the complexity of software has increased, so too has the level of threats and the variety of threats that can impact a computer.
In fact, many of these threats are so difficult to detect that many people operate their computers everyday infected by different types of adware and spyware without even realizing it. Entering personal information for the malicious party to steal. Viruses aren’t so simple anymore that they simply overrun your computer and take control of everything and, for that reason, they are perhaps more dangerous than before.
No, it isn’t just viruses anymore that you have to worry about and it isn’t just antivirus software that you need to protect your computer. You need a combo antivirus and anti-malware program. The antivirus serves to plug up the holes in your security and the anti-malware acts as an immune system for your computer, updating itself almost daily to eliminate any threat. The anti-virus software prevents and, should something slip through, the anti-malware detects and eliminates.
Teachers online and abroad make great targets
The more time that you spend online and the greater the variety of places that you access the internet from the more likely your computer is to become infected.
Think about young children when they first begin to go to school and get out into public often. They get sick all of the time due to the greater exposure. This same thing holds true for teachers abroad who may be using their computer in all sorts of public places with little to protect their computers.
For online teachers, it’s simply a matter of being online often. The more you are online the greater your risk of becoming infected by malware. Of course, if you are just teaching while online and don’t visit any other websites then you probably won’t have too much trouble. However, this probably isn’t the case for most online teachers.
Instead, it is probably the case that on top of teaching online most teachers are also doing what they normally would such as checking email, playing games, getting on social media, etc. So what is happening is online teachers are increasing the amount of time they are actually using the internet and, thus, increasing their chances of getting some type of malware on their computers.
For both teachers who are working abroad and online teachers, the threats that are presented are the same. The malicious program can wreak havoc on your computer, your personal files and information can be stolen, keystrokes you enter can be logged allowing them to steal credit card information and anything else you type in, and more.
For online teachers, however, there is an even bigger threat and that is the slowing of computer performance that can happen when a machine is infected by malware. This slowed performance can impact classes so that teachers might receive complaints from their students and may even have the classes pulled until the problem can be fixed. A problem that can mostly be avoided with the right software for protection.
You need proper antivirus software to protect your computer
Whether you are a Mac or a Windows PC user you need to make sure that your computer is protected. If you are an online teacher it is a matter of making sure your lifeline to work remains stable and uninterrupted whereas if you are teaching abroad not having proper security can be a sure path to having your identity and banking and credit card information stolen.
Both of these scenarios are entirely avoidable by simply having the proper software. So, don’t buy into the belief that you can be careful when using the internet or that computer viruses are a thing of the past, leaving your computer vulnerable and exposed to malicious software. The fix is simple, easy, and in most cases cost less each month than a few cups of coffee.