Have you ever had to deal with a computer virus or some sort of malware. It isn’t a funny experience. That’s why Obejor Blog would be revealing to you, 9 tips that would help prevent virus attack on your computer.
How do you know your computer is having a virus ?
There are times when our computers start slowing down or behaving in an unusual way, we are often quick to suspect that we have a virus. It may not be a virus, but there is a possibility that it may be sort of malware. Some are malicious, and others are just annoying. The worst culprits are the ransomware, these kinds are the ones that take over your browser, or worse yet, your computer.
Here are 9 Must Read Tips to Prevent Virus Attack on your Computer
9 Tips to Prevent Virus Attack on your Computer
1. Install Anti-Virus/Malware Software
This tip may go without saying. However, many computers—especially home computers—don’t have anti-virus/malware protection. This protection is be your first step in keeping you computer virus free.
2. Keep your computer up to date
We encourage everyone to enable automatic updates on their Windows computers in addition to running updates for programs such as Adobe and Java. Some updates may include security patches that will fill security holes in the Windows system. We know that updates are most times painful. They always seem to come up at the wrong time, maybe when your data subscription is yellow or red. Just when you are about to leave work, it has to update. We understand the inconvenience. Just remember that it’s much more inconvenient to get a virus on your computer.
3. Don’t use Old Internet Explorer
We live in an exciting time. We have so many browsers to choose from. Whether you prefer Opera, Firefox or Chrome, they will all be safer than Internet Explorer. While the newer versions of Internet Explorer are an improvement over the past versions, they are still a far cry from the quality of Chrome or Firefox, in terms of security.
4. Back up your Computer more Often
This should be obvious, but it’s not obvious to everyone. If you have a quality backup strategy, a virus will not be as much of a problem for you. There are times when a virus removal will cause damage to the operating system. At these times, we might suggest a re-install of the operating system. If you have your data backed up, it makes the process quicker and more affordable.
5. Run Regularly Scheduled Scans with Your Anti-Virus Software
This too may seem like a no-brainer, but many of us forget to do this. Set up your software of choice to run at regular intervals. Once a week is preferred, but do not wait much longer between scans. It’s difficult to work on your computer while your anti-virus software is running. One solution is to run the software at night when you aren’t using your computer. However, we often turn off our computers at night, and so the scan never runs. Set your anti-virus software to run on a specific night, and always leave your computer running on that day. Make sure it doesn’t shut off automatically or go into hibernation mode.
6. Always scan email attachments
Some people send viruses to their friends and not even know that they did it. At Altitude Integrations, we encounter many situations where our clients have had their email accounts hacked. Once hacked, the hacker will sometimes use that account to send malicious content to the entire address book list.
7. Keep Your Operating System Current
Whether you are running Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, or any other OS, keep it up to date. OS developers are always issuing security patches that fix and plug security leaks. These patches will be very helpful to keep your system secure. Similarly, keep your anti-virus software up to date. Viruses and malware are created all the time. Your scanning software is as good as its database. It has to be, as up to date as possible.
8. Always scan email attachments
Some people are so heartless, that they send viruses to their friends and act like they don’t even know that they did it. At Altitude Integrations, we encounter many situations where our clients have had their email accounts hacked. Once the system is being hacked, the hacker could use that account to send malicious content to the entire address book list.
9. Secure Your Network Completely
Many of our computers connect to our files, printers, or the Internet via a Wi-Fi connection. Make sure it requires a password to access it and that the password is strong. Never broadcast an open Wi-Fi connection. Use WPA or WPA2 encryption. WEP is no longer strong enough as it can be bypassed in minutes by experts. It’s also a great idea to not broadcast your SSID (the name of your Wi-Fi network). You can still access it with your device, you will just have to manually type in the SSID and the password. If you frequently have guests who use your Internet, provide a guest SSID that uses a different password, just in case your friends are evil hackers.
Hope with these tips you now know to secure your Computer.