How much time and money have you spent in having your computer repaired because you have become infected with viruses and malware ?
Infection from virus’s , malware can be avoided if you follow some simple BEHAVIOURAL rules.
Remember if you get infected it is YOUR fault not your computer's.
The first point to remember is that running antivirus software will not prevent you getting a virus.
Antivirus software is only there in the hope that once you have a virus on your computer it maybe able to remove it.
Here are 10 points to follow that should mean an infection free computer.
- Update your operating system regularly.
- Turn on Automatic Updates on Windows and apply all critical updates immediately.
- Check optional updates on a regular basis , they can in some cases trigger off critical updates.
- Microsoft issue updates on the second Wednesday of every month so check on the the third week of every month
- Windows 10 will ensure that updates are done
- Update your software
PDF readers , Office , Adobe Flash & Adobe Reader and Java are responsible for numerous infections unless patched.
- Don’t open email attachments unless you know that the person sending it to you , really sent it.
- Viruses and Malware will more often than not come from someone you know.
- Email attachments are the number one way that viruses , trojan horses and malware can get onto your computer
- Beware of zip files - do not open them unless you are 100% certain they have been sent from a known reliable source
- Make sure HTML in e-mail is turned off as just by previewing these e-mails you can be infected especially if your computer is not fully patched.
- HTML e-mail can hide the actual destination of that link so this is another reason to turn off HTML in your email.
- Don’t click links in e-mails.
- You could be taken to a phishing site and this may lead you to install malicious software.You should copy and paste the link into your browser or type the link into your browser.
- You should only download files from places you know are absolutely safe.
- The use of file sharing software often means you will download malware and Trojans without knowing.
- If you download files you should quarantine them in a folder and then scan them a few days later with an updated antivirus software.
- Beware of downloading " Free " software as most sites that host " free " software are a hotbed for malware infections
- Have a firewall , your broadband router is the best firewall and there is a built in firewall to Windows Vista and Windows 7/ 8 / 10 which is turned on by default
- There is no need to buy an additional firewall solution
- You should browse the Internet with the latest editions of browsers Google Chrome , Internet Explorer or Firefox
- Switch to a web based e-mail program such as G Mail / Outlook.com which will scan your emails before they arrive on your computer.
- Gmail is probably the best solution on grabbing spam
However Norton , Kaspersky , Trend are just fine to use but you really do need to run one of the above.
Remember if you get infected it really is your fault.