9 Simple Tips For Keeping Viruses Off Your Computer

Anybody who has ever had a virus on their computer will know what a pain it can be to remove them.

Not to mention the fact that many viruses pose pretty grave risks in terms of identity theft and other scams.

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The following 9 tips ought to help minimise the risks of becoming infected –

  1. Disable the Autorun feature in Windows – recent viruses such as Confiker exploit this in order to use flash and USB storage devices in order to infect computers.
  2. Update your operating system – always install service packs, patches and updates as soon as they become available.
  3. Use different passwords for every system you use, be it different computers or websites. Make your password effective and change it often.
  4. Never click on links unless you trust them completely. Links can easily be disguised so verify the source before following them.
  5. Do not give away too much information on social networking sites – it can be used against you in social engineering attacks.
  6. If you store personal and sensitive information on your hard drive then secure it with a password or utilise some sort of encryption.
  7. Ensure you have anti-virus installed but don’t forget you will need a firewall too for extra protection..
  8. Be aware that wireless access points are insecure – only connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot if you trust it’s security level.
  9. Are you aware of the trouble with torrents? They are often mislabelled and pose huge threats.
About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

Comments

  1. fight all scams by using their one weekness, their return e-mail address, which i subscribe each to over 200 newsletters, many daily. There are web pages that allow many subscriptions easily. this overloads their in boxs making them work to find their victoms.

  2. You’re welcome BB

  3. Thanks, great tips a couple of which I wasnt aalready following.

  4. Syed Akram says:

    Be a smart computing everyday.

  5. Those tips are so simple that even I could follow them! 😀

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