Keeping your computer safe is easier than it looks. Think of taking care of your computer like taking care of your child. Your child will tell you when it needs or wants something, so will your computer. The best thing to do is not to ignore your computers requests. Following simple procedures will help you against any unwanted programs or viruses.
Firewalls: Firewalls help protect your computer from potential hackers from taking your information; hackers are also able to delete, change things as well as crash your computer. Most home computers you purchase come with this capability, if not; you can always purchase it separately. To check to see if your firewall is on, look at your taskbar in the bottom right hand corner or open the Windows Security Center to find out.
- Antivirus: Antivirus software is a program intended to stop harmful software programs from invading your computer and causing viruses. Most likely your computer came installed with a trial program, like Norton. Once the trial has ended, be sure to renew or purchase a new one. There are many good products on the market to protect your computer, don’t be afraid to do your homework to find which antivirus software program is best for you. Once you have installed it, be sure to update your Antivirus Software when needed. You should be notified by the program with pop ups. To make it easier on yourself, most antivirus software programs can be set to update automatically, less of a hassle for you.
- Antispyware: Spyware and Malware is one of the computer’s world’s biggest problems. that Malware stands for malicious software programs. Once on your computer, they can take over your whole computer watching what you search for, passwords, keystrokes, etc. Some computers offer free spyware or you can download or purchase inexpensive programs from your local computer stores. With spyware you must be careful when buying online, many ads will appear offering protective products but in fact it can be spyware or malware. Stick to the big names that you know and trust when purchasing.
- Downloading: Downloading is based on the user, you are in complete control. Viruses are getting more and more believable and convincing. The key is to keep in mind, when in doubt, don’t download. There are many things that could be lurking in your email. You may get some unfamiliar emails that state there is an important attachment. Do not open. Be careful and use your best judgment. If you do not know that person best case is not to open it. Be aware that you can get viruses from friends who send you an email. When in doubt perform a virus scan for your emails.
Your computer operating system will periodically need to run updates to keep up with the changes and tests it runs. Be sure to allow them to run, these runs will help you identify any unwanted problems with your computer. Happy computing!
Guest post from Laura Backes, she enjoys writing about all kinds of subjects and also topics related to internet providers in my area.