We all get it; the world is heading for a technological masterpiece or toward destruction depending on your point of view. One thing for sure is the fact that with the rise of technology comes the rise of cyber crime.
Week after week articles and stories are published talking about the latest virus, worm, malware or hack, and let’s face it; it’s not going to stop anytime soon. The question therefore has to be asked:
If you have anti virus software on your PC, Smartphone and/or tablet why are you still at risk?
Let’s start right back at the beginning and work through the steps you need to take to protect yourself as much as feasibly possible – And this isn’t just for those worriers out there. Everyone should be following these steps.
- Install anti virus software onto all of your machines and internet connected devices where possible. There are a lot of anti virus software providers out there such as Microsoft Security Essentials, Norton, Kaspersky, AVG, McAfee to name just 5. Do some proper research on each one and decide based on your budget and how much protection you want. It is essential however that you pick one that runs in real-time, so that it updates to new threats as soon as possible.
- Set-up regular active scans. Most software will allow you to set-up regular scans once a week, a fortnight, or even a month. You can base how regular your scan is on how often you use the machine, once a fortnight is a good idea as a minimum though. Just make sure that if you select 01:00 on Sunday morning that your machine is turned on, otherwise the scan will not run.
- Remove yourself from being an administrator of your PC. An administrator has full access to everything on the PC. During most PC setup’s the user is set to have administrator rights so that you can install software as part of the setup. So it is best practice to create another admin account that you don’t use daily and then remove your account from the administrators group. Think about it like applying parental controls to internet browsing – it avoids the possibility of you being preyed upon by viruses and malware.
At this point, your anti virus system should be up and running and protecting you as best it can. Add to that a software and hardware firewall and your good to go right? Wrong.
There is still the biggest issue and threat to deal with. YOU.
- It is user behaviour that allows nearly all viruses, malware and worms on to your machine. It is the websites that you visit, the email attachments that you open, the links you click, the pop-ups that intrigue you and the files you download that are the main concern.
Unfortunately it comes down to common sense. Whilst it is true that techniques to dupe us are improving, the amount of people that click on a pop-up that says “Your computer is infected – Click here to run a system scan” or a link from an email from Paypal – “Dear customer you have recently spent $1,576 at Handbags Galore. Click this link if this was not you” Before you click on that link, think about it, then think about it a little more. Never open an .exe file that is sent via email unless you are expecting it. It’s 99% likely that you are about to infect your machine.
If you don’t infect your computer you stand a much better chance of not getting infected full stop.
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