By Renasha Papiah Product Manager at Acer
Is laptop security a concept you can’t quite get your head around? Regardless of whether you’re all clued up or still unsure about certain terminology, this article will help simplify exactly what you need to know about important business laptop security features.
Is security software all you need? With cybercriminals pulling out all the stops to get into your personal or business device, it’s time to put barriers in place to deter intruders at every turn. That includes software and hardware security solutions. Fortunately, the Acer TravelMate range boasts ample features to secure the data you hold dear. However, more on that later…
Back to basics
First, it’s important to distinguish between hardware and software. Hardware is the term used to describe all the laptop components you can see and touch. Things such as the screen, keyboard, and the machinery inside the laptop, such as the motherboard, GPU and cooling fans.
Software, on the other hand, refers to the files and programs you upload or that are installed to make the device work. This includes your operating system (Windows), the programs you use to surf the web, write emails and create presentations, as well as the files that add security to your laptop, such as anti-spyware, firmware or Internet security.
The tricky part is that if you don’t have adequate security features in place, cybercriminals can strike where it hurts most: your software. From there, an attack can corrupt other files and leave hardware damaged, too.
Breaking down the risks
Most of us have heard about viruses, Trojans and worms, but that’s not where malware threats end. Your software can succumb to other types of attacks, such as rootkits, which are designed to conceal themselves in your device, giving attackers administrative access and the ability to make changes without your permission. Hybrid attacks feature a combination of one or more tools, making them even more malicious and dangerous.
In terms of hardware attacks, these could come in the form of cloning, where everything on your PC is duplicated for an attacker’s use. Attackers can also break…