Tips For Protecting Your Computer From Viruses, Spyware, And Other Security Threats
Most of us rely on our personal computers and those in our office to complete multiple tasks each day. If that data is lost or compromised it can create numerous problems for us. Protecting computers against viruses and spyware is something you should do before you start using any program on it. The information you prevent from being accessed could be your credit card accounts and bank accounts. If they are compromised you can end up becoming a victim of identity theft.
One way that people accidentally end up with viruses or spyware on their computer is by not paying attention to the sites they use. Don’t get into the habit of giving out your personal information online just because a site asks for it. To opt in, you should only have to give them a first name and an email address.
Always check the address in the URL to make sure you are accessing a secure site. It should start with “https” (s for secure) as this will let you know it is very secure session. If it only starts with “http” then the site is not secure and you can end up compromising the security of your computer if you continue entering information on the financial site.
Viruses can spread very rapidly so if you think your computer may be infected, you should take care not to pass it to any other area of your computer or to others via email. By disconnecting your computer from the network you have a good chance of isolating the damages. You can boot your PC from a clean bootable disk and then clean it with a freeware antivirus on the same disk.
Always be on the alert for various types of emails known as phishing. This is a scam to get you to provide personal information. Never respond to emails asking you for personal information as most credible companies won’t contact you for such information.
Make sure you purchase/install a virus and spyware protection program, i.e. antivirus and antispyware, that is very easy to install as well as is from a reputed company. Most of the companies offer step by step instructions for you to follow. You can find out how easy such software programs are to install before you buy them just by reading some independent reviews online. Do a search for the program name followed by reviews in a search engine.
You need to choose the program for your computer protection very carefully. While they are designed to give you the very best security, you can be sure those trying to pass viruses or get spyware into your system are very smart. They have learned elaborate tricks to be able to gain access to your information stored on your computer.
One of the latest tactics that these criminals have been using is to sell software that is supposed to protect your computer from viruses and spyware. Unfortunately, what they are selling you is actually the very thing you are trying to protect yourself against. Always get such software from a company that has an excellent reputation, not just any one that you come across online for a good price.
In order to ensure your computer is well protected against viruses and spyware, you want a program that offers you instant update to correct the new problems. These will usually happen for one full year after you install the program. This ensures that your protective software is always the most current available and criminals will have a hard time infecting your computer system with viruses or spyware.
A firewall is a software/hardware that only allows outgoing/incoming traffic from/to your PC based on rules set by you thus helping your PC from getting hacked by hackers and crackers etc. You can download a freeware firewall such as ZoneAlarm from Internet and then configure it for legitimate programs that should be allowed to access Internet as well as incoming traffic that should be allowed to access your PC.
Thus by installing a freeware antivirus, antispyware, firewall and following simple checks on phishing emails and browser starting address i.e. https for secure, encrypted sessions to banking and financial sites, you can majorly protect your PC from viruses, spyware and other security threats.
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