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Student Habits Require an Antivirus Program to Stay Safe


Students have always been the most tech savvy cohort. Whether it is hacking into their high school computer system to install Minecraft on every computer in the school, or using Amazon or Chegg to find the exact same college textbook sold in the bookstore at a fraction of the price, students can be very resourceful.

These habits can bring benefits, as well as headaches, depending on the judgement of the individual student. Good judgement might save a student a lot of money or even create new opportunities, whereas bad judgement might get them in trouble, even legal spats. Regardless, use of the best antivirus software is a good place to start.  

How Cord Cutting Became the Trend

Cord cutting refers to anyone (even though students do this the most) who forgoes subscriptions to traditional cable service in favor of online sources in an attempt to lower entertainment costs. Sometimes this is able to save people quite a bit of money especially in places with uncompetitive cable networks.

Students are the ones most likely to engage in this sort of activity, simply because they are more tech savvy and because they tend to have more limited budgets. Older people on the other hand, tend to be more established financially in addition to being unfamiliar with technological developments, as well as being less willing to change habits.

The number of people who rely primary on the internet for their television viewing has increased exponentially in the past decade as internet bandwidths have increased, thereby making video streaming more accessible to more people. The increasing level of technology has also allowed for a greater variety of online options for viewers.

Amongst the options are also illegal streaming services, commonly used by students on college campuses. These sites are often filled with malicious viruses, causing harm to software. Therefore, this specific student habit is a clear example of how the incorporation of an antivirus program is essential for students. 

Surfing Various Parts of the Internet Through Researching

Students are very well known for doing far more extensive research than people older than them. Because of their extensive knowledge and familiarity of the internet, students and young people in general, are more capable and comfortable with conducting a fair amount of research on a particular product or service.

For example, when looking for the best service within an industry, an older person would most likely pick a service that was recommended to them by a person they trust, simply because they would be less likely to know where to look. In contrast, students would be more likely to rely on their own research into the best service for their needs.

This knack for researching amongst students has profound effects on their consumption habits compared to older people. Whereas older people are much more prone to brand loyalty, students and younger people in general are less tied to a particular brand, and instead choose products or services that best suit their current situation.

While one could argue that students doing such extensive research undoubtedly should expect more fitting and overall better results, the research process does bear some implications. For instance, students tend to end up on undesirable websites that may provide them with viruses - as the research simply goes to the deep web at times!

The Use of Torrenting In Student Habits

One dangerous habit of students is the habit of torrenting. Torrenting itself does not necessarily imply danger, as it simply means downloading large files off the internet by breaking it up into smaller, more manageable chunks. Another big difference torrenting has with other downloading methods is that the files are downloaded from a shared network.

This by itself is not dangerous. However, many of the torrenting sites that students like to use can contain viruses placed there by hackers and others who wish to do harm. Many students unknowingly download these viruses along with the files they wish to download. This can result in identity theft.

Even worse, some files might not even be legal to download. If that is the case, students might potentially get into legal trouble, even though they did not know their actions were illegal. This can have very far reaching effects, as it will show up in their legal records and can be seen by employers.

This why students need to exercise great caution when browsing torrenting sites and make sure the sites they use are credited and safe. Students also need to make sure what they choose to download is in fact legally allowed, which requires a good deal of diligence on their part. It is advised that students also use an antivirus program to protect them from potential hackers online.

Antivirus Software Offers Essential Internet Protection

Students have found a very powerful tool in technology. It has opened up tremendous opportunities for them, but also brings with it many perils. Without exercising proper judgement and using adequate protection, students can get themselves in a lot of real trouble that they probably are not ready to handle.

Things such as getting a good antivirus software on your computer, and visiting only verified websites, can go a long way towards protecting yourself from personal and even legal harm. But ultimately, a habit of exercising greater caution and better judgement is what you need to have in order to properly navigate the internet and life in general!

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