There are a lot of Internet security suites and products out there, but staying safe on the Internet is still not as easy as it could be. Even if you are committed to staying proactive when it comes to Internet security, there are still several drawbacks and problems with the way that security software works these days.
Firewall and Antivirus
For example, most people need to use a firewall and an antivirus program at a minimum, as well as anti-spam and potentially other software as well. These software suites can come from one vendor, or from many different vendors. If you use the software from different vendors then, the applications may erroneously flag each other as being malware, which would defeat the object of having the suite installed.
There is a high chance that your cable modem or your DSL router has its own firewall, and a firewall is installed in your PC too. If you are a gamer, this could cause a lot of problems because the firewalls may be preventing data from reaching your computer because the firewall thinks that the connection to your game server should not be allowed. Some people become so frustrated with having to open different ports for different games that they put their gaming computer in what is known as the “DMZ” – an area of the network where all traffic is automatically accepted. This defeats the object of having port filtering at all.
Warnings Seen Too Often Get Ignored
Even modern browsers and operating systems can sometimes cause issues when it comes to security. Have you ever seen the warning “This file is rarely downloaded.” when you try to open something from a less well-known website? This warning comes from systems like smart screen, which aim to help people make intelligent decisions about whether they should open the file in their computer or not. However, once people have seen it a few times, they start to reflexively ignore it, assuming that the file is perfectly safe. If warnings are seen too often, they become ineffective.
The same thing can happen with the UAC feature of modern versions of Windows. This feature alerts users when an application tries to do something that requires elevated privileges. However, the way that Windows works means that almost every application will trigger this warning. Some people become so disgruntled with the system that they disable UAC entirely. Others become proficient at dismissing the warning immediately, without even bothering to read the name of the application that caused it.
Keep Up to Date and Protected
Internet security features are useful only if people use them the way they are intended. Warnings must be read, firewalls must be left enabled and configured properly, and antivirus software must be kept up to date. Without implementing those things, Internet security suites are simply there to make you feel better, without actually doing anything useful. In a world where we store almost all of our data on computers, it is imperative that we find a way to make non-intrusive security come first.