The #1 Anti-Virus Protection - YOU
When it comes to keeping your PC safe from malicious software, viruses, malware, etc., the number one line of defense is YOU, the user. Even with the most up-to-date security software and settings in place, your PC can still become infected if you’re not cautious.
Here are a few My Wire Guy tips to help keep your PC and all the valuable data on it safe:
Keep Your Security Software Up To Date
Having the latest version of your security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats. Use the software to perform regular scans of your device.
Use Caution When Opening Email Links
Links found in email, tweets, posts, and online ads are commonly how cybercriminals compromise your computer. If any link or email looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to not open it and either delete it or mark it as spam.
Set Up Automatic Software Updates
Many software programs (Java, Adobe Reader, etc.) can be setup to automatically connect and update to fix security issues and protect against known risks.
Beware When Downloading Freeware
Freeware can be a range of programs, software or applications that are free of charge; however most freeware encourages you to upgrade to a paid version. Bur proceed with a lot of caution when downloading free software because you could be putting you PC at risk for downloading a virus, spyware, adware or other malicious software. Examples of freeware to be wary of include games, photo, video or PDF editing programs, social media extensions, and security software.
Know Who’s Using Your Computer
Even when you’ve personally taken every precaution to keep your PC safe, others who use your PC may not be as cautious. Make sure you have your user account set as the Administrator (password-protected of course), and create a guest account for anyone else that may use your PC. You can set restrictions on the guest account to limit what can be downloaded, what websites can be visited, etc. My Wire Guy recommends setting up your children’s/teen’s separate computers in the same way: you, the parent are the password-protected administrator account, and you set the limits on your child’s account.
Keep Safe Using External Drives
USB drives, external hard drives, and other devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan any device you connect to your PC before opening any file on the drive.
Protect Yourself When Using Public Wi-Fi Hotspots
Whether you’re shopping, working or browsing on your PC at the local coffee shop, there’s an increased chance you'll be on an unfamiliar WiFi network. Only do window shopping on public WiFi networks, and save making purchases and entering credit card information for when you are on a known, secure Wi-Fi network (such as your home or work). Limit all other business you conduct on public Wi-Fi and be sure adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your machine.