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.
The following 9 tips ought to help minimise the risks of becoming infected –
- 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.
- Update your operating system – always install service packs, patches and updates as soon as they become available.
- Use different passwords for every system you use, be it different computers or websites. Make your password effective and change it often.
- Never click on links unless you trust them completely. Links can easily be disguised so verify the source before following them.
- Do not give away too much information on social networking sites – it can be used against you in social engineering attacks.
- If you store personal and sensitive information on your hard drive then secure it with a password or utilise some sort of encryption.
- Ensure you have anti-virus installed but don’t forget you will need a firewall too for extra protection..
- Be aware that wireless access points are insecure – only connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot if you trust it’s security level.
- Are you aware of the trouble with torrents? They are often mislabelled and pose huge threats.