What is it?
Anti-virus protection (AV software) is software that helps defend your computer against malicious software that contains malware (such as viruses and/or keylogging software) that could damage your data, make your computer a problem for other people or compromise your privacy and mean that important information such as usernames, passwords and other items are stolen from your computer. It is often already installed in new laptops and desktop computers (but usually as a 90-day version which has to be paid for or replaced with a free version) , or you may need to purchase it.
How does it work?
The software is designed to run in the background whenever your computer is on and must be regularly updated to keep up with new threats. You may receive alerts that a new update is available and these can often be downloaded from the companyÂ¿s website, or this can be set to happen automatically.
Why is it useful?
Anti-virus software is useful to limit threats to your computer and to your privacy.
What do you need to keep in mind about your child and anti-virus software?
Because anti-virus software is protective, it is worth discussing with your child how it helps keep your computer and privacy safe. You can also ask your child to let you know when they see alerts for new updates so that you know when it is time to download it to maintain your protection.