Online safety: Three software security programmes you should know about

Consider using use this free cybersecurity software to protect your computer and handheld gadgets from viruses.

Online safety: Three software security programmes you should know about

Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting computers, servers, mobile devices, electronic systems and networks against malicious attacks.

All of the free virus protection programmes listed below are provided by trusted names in the software industry. Free antivirus applications may have restricted functionality, but they do provide protection that will help separate your device from cyber threats.

1. Avast

Avast Free Antivirus scans for security and performance issues and tells you how to fix things right away. It protects you in real-time by analysing unknown files before they get to you. Avast Antivirus provides an unlimited free version for desktops and mobile devices. Avast antivirus is the proud winner of the prestigious 2019 Top Rated product award.

2. Kaspersky

It is regarded as the first adaptive cybersecurity software. Kaspersky can protect your communication, location and data in real-time, offering free-antivirus and anti-spyware for Android devices. They also offer GPS tracking for kids, child locator and parental controls. They have a 30-day free trial period. Their protection solutions were rated The Most Checked and The Most Extremely for six years in a row, from 2013 to 2018.

3. AVG Technologies

AVG AntiVirus provides a free, downloadable version that can be bought and a complete edition. It’s considered an indispensable free defense that won’t let you down. It prevents viruses, spyware and other malware; blocks dangerous connections, downloads, and attachments to emails, and gets security alerts in real-time. It is easy to use and simple.

A few things that you need to consider when selecting a free antivirus application

Software such as Kaspersky will secure your machine from hackers but for a trial period, these programmes are only free. You should pick a paid plan to get the best cover. Most free virus software is designed specifically to protect your computer from viruses and not hackers.

Though cyber protection software is useful, there are a few things that you can do to protect yourself.

1. Avoid clicking on links without consideration
2. Stick to using your own device consistently
3. Be aware of your surroundings when in public, especially in cases when you need to enter your password
4. Keep track of your digital footprints, which includes social media accounts, logging out of your email when using an internet cafe
5. Back up all your data
6. Protect your mobile device by using strong passwords

Be proactive. Not all mistakes can be undone with “ctrl + Z”.

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Now is not the time to let your family frustrations boil over

An end to all of this now seems near, yet still so far. Here’s how to keep family frustrations at bay until Uncle Cyril finally gives us parole.

Now is not the time to let your family frustrations boil over

With South African families who live under the same roof still scheduled to spend the next few weeks in close proximity to each other, the chances of conflict remain high.

Not necessarily the domestic violence situations that so concern the authorities. We’re talking the simple squabbles that usually blow over quickly when people can go to work, the gym, or spend time hanging out with friends over coffee.

But those kinds of opportunities are still largely pipe dreams. And with our hopes for an end to lockdown now seemingly so near yet still so far after four weeks, family frustrations may be at an all-time high.

So how do you stop small-time bickering over who should be washing the tea cups from developing into a prolonged Cold War?

Understand your feelings of frustration and communicate them

Understand how you are feeling, advises Rakhi Beekrum, a counselling psychologist based in Durban North. Identify how you cope and whether your way of coping is helpful or harmful to family members around you. Then establish what you need to feel safe. Once you know, it’s easier to take steps to meet these needs, either by yourself or by communicating to others.

In a column published on Independent Online, Beekrum says communicating those feelings clearly to your family is vital.

Even those closest to you are not mind-readers, so don’t presume that how you’re feeling should be obvious. Be mindful of your tone when communicating. You are more likely to get what you want when you ask politely and explain why it’s important.

She emphasises that there is no easy escape just yet.

“So before a confrontation, be sure that it is [very] important. If it is, rather express your complaint as a wish. Instead of complaining about something, rather express your wish.”

Expressions of contempt are poisonous

Do not permit small expressions of contempt to take place, urges Eleanor Gordon-Smith, an Australian-born writer and academic.

“Anger, frustration, sadness [and] blame – yes, but never contempt,” she says. “Keep contempt out of your home and you’ll have a difference in the kind – not just degree – of fights [that you have] and the curdled sprawls that ruin families.”

Gordon-Smith advises that you shouldn’t take it in your stride when people speak to you in ways you don’t like. Instead, act surprised. Surprise, she explains, marks clear edges around what we expect of our relationships. So communicating that a particular situation isn’t normal is often an effective way of communicating that “it shouldn’t be like this”.

And talk, she stresses.

“We have to talk. If people can’t ask directly for what they need they’ll either manipulate it out of other people or silently resent that they’re not getting it. Practise honestly asking and honestly telling; do each other the service of hoping those conversations can be productive.”

This content has been created as part of our freelancer relief programme. We are supporting journalists and freelance writers impacted by the economic slowdown caused by #lockdownlife.

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