Malware Explained

While installing an antivirus software is the best protection from malware attacks but there are some important tips to learn to keep your operating system and files on your computer free from viruses, malware and adware.

The internet and our computers are very important in our daily life these days, we check our email box for messages from family and friends, surf the internet for shopping bargains and download everything from images to software while online.

All this information and media that we download from the internet are stored on our computers and can be hiding a potential threat to all the files on our computer personal information and to the operating system and hard drive on our computers. 

If you do not take any precautions and actions to prevent these online attacks your computer is wide open to let hackers in, just installing an antivirus program is not enough it is a combination of a good antivirus program and knowing how to avoid potential threats in the first place.

 Update Your Operating System

Keeping your operating system up to date with the latest system software and security updates is the single most important tip to keep your data and device protected from hackers, if you have a Windows based operating system make sure to turn on automatic updates.

Windows 10 usually have automatic updates turned on and will download and install automatically when the software is installed and the best way to check if you have the latest updates is to go to settings- update and security- Windows update then click on check for updates.

 Use A Firewall

Windows have a few features built in to help and protect your computer and files while browsing online, a firewall is a software or hardware based protection that helps to block malicious code from entering the system and will block hackers, worms, viruses and other types of malware that maybe trying to steel information from your computer.

Windows firewall should be enabled when the software is installed on your computer but you can check if this is enabled and working correctly by going to security center-firewall and network protection and check if the firewall is enabled for each network connection that is available on your computer.

 System Backup

A full system backup is one of the most important steps to take as a precaution it is one of the best ways to protect your files and documents that are stored on your computers hard drive, while the backups will not prevent a malware attack you will have all your files and documents on hand to restore should your hardrive be disabled from a virus or malware attack.

Windows operating systems have a built in backup service called the system image backup, this backup takes a full and complete back up of all your data including files, documents, settings and the operating system and can be fully restored should there be a problem.

 Browsing The Internet

Browsing the internet is what we love to do you can find the answer to any question you have just by typing in the browser and searching online, we also download files and images from the internet and check our emails and there are certain precautions to take while performing any of these tasks online.

Email scams are one of the most popular ways hackers can steal personal information from you, only open emails sent from people you know or are able to identify, if an email sent to you looks suspicious just delete the email never open emails like this they can hide potential threats that go to work as soon as the email is opened.

Downloading pirated software should also be prevented as the people that pirate this software can also be hackers they will hide the malicious code inside the program and when you download and install this software on your computer there malicous code will go to work and pose a threat to your computer. 

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