Protect Yourself from Malware & Viruses

Posted 2 years ago

Self PortraitCody Helscel
Blog writer & Web developer

Protecting your computer and other devices from malware, spyware and viruses is essential in today’s e-world. Doing so often requires vigilance, depending on your connection needs. Malware can also infect your handheld devices, such as phone or tablet.

People are becoming better aware of the attacks on cell phones, but it’s still fairly uncommon. Spyware is common among cell phone attacks. Last year alone, every month was estimated 80 attacks in the United States. That’s per month! Furthermore, the United States contributed to more than half of all Malware attacks in the world.

As you probably know already, your devices can be infected easily online. Even a USB stick can infect your computer. It’s important to use software that will provide real-time protection, meaning proactive. I’m not here to sell you software or give recommendations. Please message me if you want such recommendations.

One main way to protect yourself is to secure your network. Ensure your router and password have been changed from their default values, especially if multiple people are on your network. You should also have a firewall running on every computer on your network.

Another way to secure your network is to avoid spam when you can. In fact, I recommend you don’t open any spam because they often lead to misery or Malware. Pop-up windows or Facebook messages also can fit under the spam category. Be cautious of any unsolicited offers online.

If you have kids, parental controls can often be put in place to help protect your devices. Building trust with your kids is of the upmost importance, but we know accidents can and do happen. Ensure all devices on your network have parental controls installed and active. Finally, if you’re in a business environment, ensure only administrators can add and remove software from the devices on your network.

Especially if you share your computer with other users, you might not want to save passwords in your Web browser. Often times, these passwords can be read easily and in plain text. If you would like to securely save your passwords for Web sites you commonly visit, anti virus companies often make such software.

Finally, keeping your software programs up to date can eliminate many vulnerabilities. In these updates, bugs are fixed and new vulnerabilities are patched. This tip certainly includes Windows Updates.

With these tips in mind, you have taken the first step in protecting yourself from a severe headache.

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