Most of us have dealt with malware or viruses on our computers at some point. It’s annoying, time consuming, and extremely frustrating to rid your computer of those pesky viruses.
Thankfully, there are things that you can do to prevent viruses and malware from spreading on your computer:
Install Anti-Virus/Malware Software
This might go without saying, but this protection is a must-have for computers today and is the first step to keeping your computer virus free.
Keep your anti-virus software up to date
Having a protective software is the first step, but maintaining the anti-virus software is the second part. Free anti-virus software is better than no software, but its not always the best solution for everyone. If you want the best protection out there for your computer, you will have to pay for quality software.
Run regular scans on your software
It is a good idea to run software scans once a week on your computer. Since you can’t work on your computer while the scan is running, it is best if you run the scan at night while you aren’t using your computer.
Keep your operating system current
Whether you have Windows, Mac, or any other OS, keeping it up-to-date is key. OS developers are always coming out with new updates that contain security fixes to keep your computer safe from viruses and hackers.
Secure your network
Make sure that your computer isn’t connecting to any Wi-Fi network that isn’t password protected. If you frequently have friends and families that are connecting to your internet, you can provide them with a guest password.
Think before you click
Avoiding any websites that look like they provide pirated material can decrease your chances of getting a virus. Do not open any email attachments that come from someone that you don’t know. If you have to download a file from the internet, run it through your anti-virus software first.
Keep your personal information safe
This is the hardest thing to do on the internet. Many hackers can access your online accounts and will continue hopping from account to account until they have enough information to steal your identity altogether. Lock down all of your privacy settings and avoid using your real name on any message boards.
Backup your files
Ideally, you should have your files in at least three places: the place you work on them, on a separate storage device, and off-site (in the cloud). You can use a backup service or purchase an extra external hard drive.
Use strong passwords
Never use the same password for multiple accounts, especially your bank account. Using the same email and password for multiple accounts makes you an easy target. Use a combination of upper case, lower case, numbers, and symbols in your passwords, but keep it easy to remember.
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