My Computer Works Scholarship Essay
It’s not unusual for people to feel slow and groggy when they get sick with a virus. The same holds true with computers. When a computer is infected with a virus, it slows down; it does not connect the way it is supposed to, and won’t perform the way it was intended. As much as they may slow down a computer, that infection can have lingering effects. The world’s population does so much shopping, banking, and accessing information online that when a computer is infected, it is not unusual for users to become frustrated by the slow speeds and even slower system processing that they will give up. Viruses may be small can become a huge issue when they infect computers across the world.
Etienne “Hans” Parisis, a noted international economist observed that when the WannaCry Trojan virus swept the globe in May 2017, England’s National Health Service (NHS) system faced the same serious economic issues as if the country were struck by a wide-scale disaster. Chris Lemmon of FStech, a European business site for IT decision makers, cites a study which states in five years, criminal data breaches will cost businesses up to $8 trillion across the globe.
If a virus spreads, it can have catastrophic impacts on people, property, and economic opportunity. The WannaCry virus forced the NHS to cancel numerous procedures after losing access to confidential patient and basic healthcare records. Interrupted healthcare is certainly costly enough but businesses lose millions of dollars in advertising and sales if their servers are infected with a virus, or if their customers’ devices are compromised.
Viruses left unattended will linger and be costly to remove if the user does not have an antivirus software installed on their computer. Removal at stores like Best Buy can range from $99 to $150 per device. If a computer user chooses not to pay to get the virus removed, they are not only hurting their own computer performance but their own connection to the online economy. By choosing to keep using the infected computer, they are allowing even more viruses to infect their devices. This leads to spotty Internet connections, very slow start up and shut down speeds, and ultimately a useless computer. Responsible Internet users know that spending the money on a great antivirus program is worth the investment. Antivirus programs constantly update themselves so their user’s devices are always protected against the latest threat. An up to date device is a secure device: it protects passwords, bank account numbers, and other personal information from falling into the wrong hands.
By protecting yourself and your computer, viruses and other threats are less likely to infect your device. Personal information remains private, and users can work, bank, and shop online without the fear of being compromised. Virus-free computers also allow businesses to grow and support themselves when users can connect to information, conduct business and shop online – all of which helps the economy to grow wider, more securely and benefit more people everywhere.
Lemmon, Chris. “Cyber Crime ‘to Cost $8trn over next Five Years’.” FStech. Perspective Publishing Limited, 30 May 2017. Web. 30 May 2017.
Parisis, Hans. “Computer Virus May Have Same Economic Impact as Natural Disaster.” Newsmax. Newsmax Media, Inc, 15 May 2017. Web. 18 May 2017.