Six Ways To Keep Your Computer Virus-Free
The more often you use your laptop, the more likely you are to leave behind scraps of private information and bits of your identity in the applications you use and the Web sites you visit. Thus, you need to protect your laptop as a valuable piece of property, as a repository of digital information, and as a portal to your online finances.
- Your operating system most likely includes a software firewall, so make sure it’s turned on whenever you go online.
- Keeping on top of updates and fixes for your system is also a vital necessity. Make sure Windows updates are being installed automatically.
- It’s also important to regularly check for and install updates to third-party software such as Java, Adobe Flash Player, and your component drivers.
- Enable password protection on your user account with strong password.
- Enable encryption whenever possible. Some versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8 include BitLocker Drive Encryption, which makes sure your data is safe even if your laptop goes missing.
- While on the road, you need to resist the urge to connect to open Wi-Fi networks whenever possible. Data thieves can set up open Wi-Fi networks themselves or log onto open networks to sniff and snoop the private data of others logged onto the unprotected network.
When you see a “scareware” pop-up, it’s important that you don’t click anywhere within the pop-up, because any area that you select may have been manipulated by the cybercriminal to let it start installing viruses onto your PC. Simultaneously press CTRL+W on your keyboard, which should close the popup. If that doesn’t work, press CTRL+ALT+DELETE, select Start Task Manager, and click Applications. Then, right-click the task for your Web browser and select End Task. This will kill all the Web browser tabs you had open, including any that had been taken over by the scareware pop-up.
For staying protected, consumers need to:
– Be suspicious when someone calls you and tells you that you have a computer problems.
– Be careful with any download, web-link or attachment, which may’ve viruses, although look to be lawful.
– Make sure you’ve an updated anti-virus on your PCs.
– Not let callers gain admission into a PC, while based at any remote location. Such admission can allow the persons to install malware and/or access data of the PC.
– Not have auto-storage of usernames and passwords on one’s PC.
– Make password resets frequently with the new passwords having numbers and characters not clearly related to one’s identity, like phone numbers, pet/family names alternatively birth dates.