“In the last three months of 2009, about 1,095,000 computers in China were hacked, and 1,057,000 in the United States.”
Don’t point your finger at Chinese cyber-cafe junkies yet. Gideon Lenkey, founder of protection company Ra Security, told Internetevolution.com.”Just because the attacks originate from China doesn’t mean the people behind the attacks are Chinese or even physically in China. China’s Internet is very closed off from the rest of the Internet so it’s a great position to attack from.”
After the loss of two computers in China to viruses and ultimately switching to a Mac for added security, I am a strong advocate of spending big bucks to protect my computer. Furthermore, I don’t trust those who say “Macs don’t get viruses.” Macs might receive far less viruses than PCs, but they’re not invincible. I mean, people also said the Titanic would never sink. That’s why, with antivirus protection, I can safely say I have the proper life jacket should my Mac encounter an iceberg…er, I mean, virus.
To avoid computer virus attacks, I advise users to pay attention to the “your computer may be at risk” balloons and update your virus protection. And as the Inc. article states, be wary of free antivirus software that promises added protection with a cost.
Mandarin-savvy expats may purchase Chinese-only versions of Kaspersky Lab or Norton Anti-Virus at Zhongguancun electronic market in Haidian District. Downloads of the software is also available online at Kaspersky Lab and Symantec. Fellow-Mac users may download Norton Antivirus Software here.
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