"Most Dangerous Celebrities" List Highlights Need for a Better Computer Security Solution

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McAfee's list of most dangerous celebrity searches shows the dangers of the most simple tasks, such as surfing the web, even when you have antivirus installed, according to Daily Safety Check.

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You can't protect your computer with software alone, because any software can be disabled.

McAfee last week issued a list of top 10 most dangerous celebrity searches. Hackers lure unsuspecting visitors with celebrity pictures, only to infect them with malware that can steal passwords, identity information and more.

Antivirus makers highlight the dangers of these kinds of "drive by" attacks in order to show the need for computer security, but in many cases, even having antivirus installed will not protect you. If you have out of date software, such as Flash, Office, Acrobat, Java or even Windows, you could be infected even with antivirus.

Daily Safety Check, a computer security firm that was recently chosen Editor's Choice by PC Magazine, earlier this year published a study showing that over 85% of computers have at least one security weakness. Four out of five infected computers had antivirus installed that had been disabled. Jim McKenney, founder of Daily Safety Check, says the problem lies in the approach. "You can't protect your computer with software alone, because any software can be disabled." McKenney likens Daily Safety Check to applying the corporate security environment at home.

Daily Safety Check updates software patches and security settings every day, and monitors for hackers, similar to the approach corporate IT departments use. "Daily Safety Check doesn't suffer the problems of software, because it doesn't reside on your computer," notes McKenney. "Instead, we check your computer remotely to ensure everything checks out. If anything doesn't look right, a security professional reviews the incident and contacts you to resolve the issue."

About Daily Safety Check
Daily Safety Check is a next generation computer security company, applying layered security principles to home and business computers. The Home Edition includes antivirus software, plus applies daily security fixes, monitors for hackers and alerts you if you are attacked. Visit DailySafetyCheck.com for more information.

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