Dos and Don’ts to Keep Your Computer Safe

DO…

…install an antivirus program.
Installing an antivirus program and keeping it up to date can help defend your computer against viruses. Antivirus programs scan for viruses trying to get into your email, operating system, or files. New viruses appear daily, so set your antivirus software to install updates automatically.

…use a Firewall.
Windows Firewall (or any other firewall) can help alert you to suspicious activity if a virus or worm attempts to connect to your computer. It can also block viruses, worms, and hackers from attempting to download potentially harmful programs to your computer.

…search the web safely with legitimate search engines
Make sure you use the real Google, Yahoo or Bing as your search engine rather than an unfamiliar one. Sometimes a toolbar or malware will change your search engine to theirs so they can make some money from advertisements. We recommend uninstalling these extra toolbars and search engines.

…update software regularly
One of the easiest ways for hackers to access your computer is by not updating your software. Software makers are always plugging security holes to prevent this from happening, but if you don't have the latest version, you can be more likely to become a victim. Use Windows Updates and let it run regularly.


DON’T…

…visit questionable websites
Whether you mean to or not, you may end up at a questionable website. You might click on a pop-up ad or a bad link in an e-mail. Either way these types of websites do NOT have your best interest in mind. Use pop-up blockers on your browsers.

…download illegal online content
Sure it is easy to get the latest music, movies, or games online but should you? No. One, it’s illegal. Two, it can really cause some serious issues. Hackers know lots of people are searching for free content like this online so they put viruses and Trojan viruses into illegal content. It is just waiting for you to download and run it.

…click on unknown links in your e-mail or open unknown attachments
Some email messages look legit because they claim to be from your bank, courier services or some other well-known company. But many are not, they are just there to get you to click a link, then steal your login information. Many viruses are attached to email messages and will spread as soon as you open the email attachment. It's best not to open any attachment unless it's something you're expecting.

…install junk software
Free is not always the best option. Many freeware programs also want you to install their partner advertisements and junk on to your computer. This can usually be avoided by reading all the fine print and unchecking any boxes that allow the junkware to be installed.

 

 
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