Top 10 Ways To Protect Yourself From Computer Viruses

Top 10 Ways To Protect Yourself From Computer Viruses
As more and more people are becoming comfortable using their computers at​ school,​ home or​ in​ the​ office it’s only a​ matter of​ time before they encounter a​ computer virus .​
Here are our top 10 steps to​ protect you from computer viruses.
Use a​ high quality anti-virus program .​
There are many different anti-virus computers programs on​ the​ market some of​ them are better than others .​
Look to​ reputable computer magazines or​ websites for ratings to​ help you find the​ one that matches your needs.
Always use your anti-virus software .​
Make sure your anti-virus software is​ always turned on​ and scanning,​ incoming and outgoing email messages,​ and any software programs you run .​
Keep your antivirus programs up to​ date .​
Most programs come with a​ yearly subscription make sure you take advantage of​ the​ updates .​
More advanced programs allow you to​ schedule updates or​ full system scans for off hours like 2AM when you aren’t likely to​ be using your computer.
Keep your computer up to​ date .​
From time to​ time operating systems fall victim to​ security holes or​ issue updates .​
Make sure you check periodically to​ make sure you are running stable up to​ date versions of​ your software.
Backup your data regularly .​
Most windows computer users keep their documents in​ the​ My documents folder .​
This makes it​ easy to​ back up all of​ your important documents .​
Make weekly or​ monthly copies to​ CD or​ USB drives.
If you use floppy disks or​ USB drives on​ public computers like your school computer lab,​ Kinko’s,​ or​ even digital photo printing store make sure you scan them for viruses .​
Public computers are notorious for not being up to​ date and properly protected.
Be wary of​ email attachments .​
Treat any email attachment as​ potentially dangerous .​
Never open attachments from people you weren’t expecting .​
Also be careful of​ attachments from people you know but weren’t expecting .​
Many computer viruses replicate themselves by reading the​ contacts from an​ infected computer.
Use text email if​ possible .​
While HTML email is​ prettier and allows you more control over formatting it​ also can carry computer viruses .​
If you use text based email the​ only way to​ get a​ virus is​ by opening an​ attachment.
Use downloaded freeware and shareware files or​ software with caution .​
Try to​ download them from popular reputable sources that scan the​ programs before they are uploaded .​
To make sure you are safe scan the​ program before you install it​ on​ your computer.
Be wary of​ links in​ IM or​ instant messaging software .​
Don’t accept invitations from people you don’t know and never click a​ link from someone you don’t trust,​ they can easily redirect you to​ another website that will try to​ install a​ virus on​ your computer system.
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