18 Jul 6 Ways to Keep Your Computer Virus Free
As computer users, whether we log in for personal or business use, we should all be aware of the need to be secure while browsing. As technology evolves, viruses get smarter, and hackers increasingly find ways to intrude on and harvest our important information, so it is becoming more and more important that we safeguard our PCs, tablets and laptops. Not sure where to start?
Follow these simple tips to ward off these threats:
Install antivirus software
There are many antivirus software options available out there to download and install on your machine, some free and some that you will have to purchase. Each come with varying levels of protection and add-ons, depending on your exact requirements. You can’t cut corners when it comes to internet safety, so note that having antivirus software on your computer is part and parcel of owning one. We would recommend going for Norton, McAfee or Avast, however, there are plenty available to download with a quick search online.
Use a firewall
A firewall acts as a barrier between your computer and the world wide web, and is very intelligent in that it will only allow certain types of data to cross and access your system. This means that you may be able to do everyday tasks such as sending and receiving emails, but you will not be able to share files without first giving permission. Many PCs already come with a software firewall by default to protect your machine from threats, however, it is best to check and ensure that you install one if not.
Scan your system for malware
Email attachments are the most common way in which malware takes a shortcut around your firewall and accesses your computer. It is advisable to check for these kinds of viruses every couple of weeks, just to be on the safe side. A malware scanner will find and remove this type of threat from your hard disk, before they cause any harm to your files.
Ensure your software is up-to-date
Keeping your antivirus, firewall and malware scanning software up-to-date is just as vital as having them installed. As viruses are evolving and becoming more intelligent, the need to check for updates is key. Usually, software vulnerabilities that malware takes advantage of will more than likely already have fixes in place before a virus reaches your device. Ensure you enable automatic updates, so that your antivirus does all the hard work for you and keeps you safe on the internet at all times.
Secure your Wi-Fi at home and outside
Yes, you may be on your internet at home and believe that you are safe from online threats, but this is not always the case. When setting up your Wi-Fi, ensure that you secure your connection by checking the WPA-2 security box, as well as changing your router’s administrator password after purchase. These passwords are set by default, so it is always advisable to change this to something more personal to you, so it’s harder for hackers to guess. If you are out and about, working in a cafe or airport, and using a personal hotspot or free Wi-Fi then taking extra precautions is something you must be aware of. If you’re accessing sensitive information such as bank details or shopping online, then make sure you are connecting using a secure connection. You will identify this as a https website in the URL.
Be wise online
There’s no harm in educating yourself and being wise when it comes to surfing the web. Even the most innocent-looking websites or links can, in fact, be dangerous. With this in mind, don’t click on any email attachments that you aren’t sure of, especially if they are sent from recipients that you don’t know. It’s also important not to install any free software, as they can more often than not, come with harmful malware or even spyware. Last but not least, do not fall for “phishing” scams. These are typically emails masquerading as trusted sources, asking for personal information such as bank account details or to confirm a password. If it looks strange, then it most probably is.
If you’re looking for more advice on how to keep your computer virus free, or about virus removal in the unfortunate event that you get one, then contact us on 0203 868 2794.