Last month we started our epic journey into the world of malware by looking at what exactly malware is. We talked about the types of malware and what they do to your computer if they find their way in. All in all, it was a bit of a scary post. So in this one, we are going to look at various ways of protecting your computer against malware that won’t cost the earth. There are a few different options available to you, but our best advice is to follow every one of the steps below to ensure you are completely protected.
The first things you should do when you get a new computer is make sure it has decent security software installed on it and it is kept up to date. One of the most popular solutions is McAfee Internet Security, which guarantees trusted PC protection from Trojans, hackers, spyware and more. When researching your anti-virus software make sure you take into account the anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, anti-spam, anti-phishing and backup options it supplies. We offer a variety of anti-virus software for sale so if you aren’t sure which is best for you, give us a call and we will be happy to chat and recommend the right solution for you.
When choosing your internet service provider, cost shouldn’t be the only deciding factor. Some providers will place a greater value on the security of their connections, so will provide you with strong anti-spam and anti-phishing procedures as part of the package. For example, AOL blocks known phishing sites completely so that their customers can’t reach them, reducing the risk of infection. Spamhaus is a database site that lists the current top 10 worst (and best) internet service providers for security, so consider this when choosing who provides your internet.
We keep referring back to this blog, but honestly, security patching is more than just a bandage. You should always make sure that your applications and security software is always up to date. A lot of people try to put off updating certain applications (particularly on phones) for fear of the software interfering with other things or affecting performance. However, updates to software often contain essential security updates that patch potential holes and entry points for malware, making your computer more secure. Keeping your software up to date is a critical part of protecting your computer against malware.
One of the most common ways of contracting malware on your computer is through opening infected files or visiting malicious sites when sent links by friends hacked accounts. Make sure you configure your antivirus software to scan emails for viruses and check that your email client isn’t set to open attachments automatically. When opening attachments or sharing files with friends or co-workers make sure you are sure the attachment is really from them. If it looks suspicious, don’t open it. Instead get in touch with them by some other means to confirm that it was them who sent it.
Of course, nothing is completely fool proof. Sometimes the worst happens despite all of our best efforts our computers become infected with viruses or malware. That’s why you should be prepared, just in case. Make sure you are making regular backups that are stored somewhere that isn’t your computer. That could be on a cloud based server like Google Drive or on an external hard drive somewhere else in your home. The important thing is that the backups aren’t stored on your main computer. That way if you do find your computer has become infected with malware, you can still recover all of your files, photos and other personal information.
In our next piece we will be talking about removing malware from your computer safely, should it become infected. If you aren’t sure about how to remove malware from your computer or would like some help in creating a protection solution, we can help you. Just get in touch with us today for your free consultation, complete with coffee and biscuits.