Protecting Your Computer Against Viruses

Is your computer protected from viruses?

When you connect your computer to the Internet, you open up your computer to a whole new world of potential dangers. This is because the Internet is the way most computer viruses are transmitted in this day and age. It is also the easiest way for hackers to attack your computer from the other end of the world.

Computer viruses and spywares are deadly. They can harm computer users in many ways. Viruses can damage important files and even your computer's hard disk. While spywares may send your personal information to a third party even if you haven't permitted it.

To protect your computer against virus and spyware, it is important to have a good anti-virus program installed prior to connecting to the internet. Many of these malicious programs can be avoided with a properly installed security suite, including anti-virus, firewall and spam protection. I've been using Norton Antivirus Software for the longest time and I never encountered any problems related to viruses or spywares. Make sure to keep your antivirus software up to date.

Also, it is important to be cautious when using the internet and in using thumbdrives and other mobile media. Your computed can be infected too if you are using infected mobile disks. So make sure to do a complete scan of the thumb drive before you open it.

You can also protect your computer by doing the following:
  • Shutting down your computer when you aren't using it.
  • Disconnect from the internet.
  • If you aren't sure who sent you a file or why you are being asked to download something delete or abort it.
  • Lastly, make backups of your data regularly. Perform weekly or monthly backups to CD or USB drives. If you lose your data on the hard drive due to virus attacks, you still can fall back to your backups.
These are some of the simple and easy ways to protect your computer but mosly ignored by many.

A lot of people learn the lesson of the damage that a virus can do too late. It's important to try to understand the risks before you become a victim and take the necessary steps in protecting your compute

It's better to be safe than sorry.

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