Keeping your antivirus software up to date is important to safeguard your computer against malware and virus attacks, right? A recent article published by MIT’s Technology Review says that it might not be as vital as you think. Your computer may be more prone to attacks than you may want to think.

Antivirus Software: Unreliable?

The antivirus software that we have paid for and long depended on to shield our information might not be effective. The technology is running a race with malware programs and malware is winning. More sophisticated and tricky to detect malware comes out every day and this is very concerning to those of us who access the Internet on a day-to-day bases.

Burned by Flame

An example of malware that is has baffled antivirus software for the last couple years is Flame. Flame infects a pc and copies audio, keystrokes, network traffic, and documents on that computer. The most concerning part of this is that in the past two years that Flame has been active, no security software has been developed to successfully discover it.

An Industry Under Siege

According to the Technology Review story, Flame is not the only malware that gets by standard antivirus software. There are numerous other examples the story covers but one antivirus firm labeled Flame as an example of a failure in the antivirus industry. All this means is your computer may be more vulnerable than you had previously thought. That is not to say that you should not take every measure possible to protect your computer by installing and updating antivirus software. Hopefully antivirus technology will catch up and become as sophisticated as some of the malware out there.

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