Being on the internet or connected to a network often introduces different varieties of viruses, spyware, and malware into our systems. Without proper protection, they can literally slow down our systems to an annoyingly frustrating speed where things just can go any slower. It is at times like these where you need to get your computers checked, cleaned and protected from all of these malicious culprits. Here are a few tips that you can make use of to protect your computer from future attacks.
1. Install an anti-virus and keep it updated
If you haven’t already then now is the time to install a good renowned anti-virus/anti-malware in your system to protect your hardware and your data consequently. If you have an anti-virus on your computer but it is not updated to the latest version, then it is serving no purpose at all. For you to benefit the most, you need to keep them updated to the latest version at all times so that they can fight against the latest and current threats.
2. Protection against spyware
Are you relying on your anti-virus to protect your system against real-time spyware threats to your computer? If so, it’s not the best idea. Anti-spyware that comes packaged with anti-virus programs are often not brilliant at protecting your computer against the full range spyware, adware, malware threats that it would have to face in real-time. We normally recommend using malwarebytes alongside your choice of AV (anti-virus)
3. Scan your computer on a regular basis
If you have a good quality anti-virus and spyware installed in your PC then you might as well use it! Run full system scans on a regular basis. Most AV and anti-spyware programs have an autorun facility built in to them however it’s good practice to check the last scan date fairly regularly just incase something stops working correctly. Most of these viruses are smart and can attach themselves to any media file on your system. A thorough scan can help you identify such scenarios, and get rid of them accordingly.
4. Email links are traps
Make it a rule in your life to not open up or click on any link that comes from an unknown email. In fact, even with known email addresses if you doubt the authenticity of the link then do not click on it.
5. Be smart
When browsing the web, use your head. Don’t go to any website which has a lot of redirects. Downloading something from an untrustworthy site should be avoided at all costs too. Think before you click or download something from the internet.