Protect your computer from computer viruses
As you probably know, computers are targets of viruses, mostly because of their valuable information processing capabilities. Most of the time, corporate networks are at more risk than home computers. Here are five tips to protect your computer from being infected by viruses.
Use an anti-virus software program. There are many different anti-virus software programs to choose from, including free versions and paid antivirus programs. Some of these programs may be free, but some of the paid ones can be purchased. Regardless of how you chose to use it, make sure your anti-virus software scans your computer for viruses at least once a week.
Use a virtual keyboard. When you use a virtual keyboard like Meta- keyboards for browsing websites, do not use the QWERTY keyboard combination. This is the combination of letters and numbers that many viruses and adware use to infect your computer. Never enter this combination on your keyboard.
Be wary of e-mail attachments. If you do not know the person who has sent you the e-mail, do not open it. Contact them first to make sure that it is legitimate. Sometimes a virus can send out emails without the infected person knowing. Always be suspicious of e-mails with attachments.
Avoid file-sharing programs. Even if you are not using a file-sharing program, they are common ways for your computer to get infected. Every time you download a file from the Internet, it can be easily infected. Therefore, it is better to avoid these programs.
When you are on the Internet, be aware of the websites that you visit. Sometimes a website can be a carrier for a virus without them knowing. Check the websites’ anti-virus warnings to see if there is anything wrong with your computer. If you are using Internet Explorer, look for an icon of a padlock next to the address bar. This means that the site is using anti-virus protection.
Your Web browser will open any Web page that is protected by an anti-virus program.
Use one browser for multiple computers. If you start using Internet Explorer, and then you also use Mozilla Firefox, and then you also use Google Chrome, each of your computers will use the different browser to surf the Internet.
Always keep your Windows operating system updated with the latest patches.
Be careful with e-mail attachments. Do not open obvious spam.
Delete all the e-mails with attachments that you do not know the sender.
Encrypt your e-mail by using the encryption feature of your e-mail program.
Check the Website’s anti-virus credibility and validity. If they accept credit cards and other online payments, check the websites that involve these types of transactions.
If the website has products for sale, or sales promotions, be aware of the companies’ policies about payingees. Say you have purchased something on someone’s website, and they ask you to pay for it. Review the terms and conditions of the website so that you will not be held responsible for paying for something that was never purchased by you.
Make sure that your operating system is updated.
Scan your computer frequently for software that may be malicious.
Be cautious when dealing with sellers on the Internet. Should you see any sign of software that was not purchased by the buyer, or when the buyer receives items that did not actually sell, report this to the authorities.
Do not download software from that does not look who is the owner of the website. Ask for identification from the seller.
If you think that the seller is trying to install software that will steal from you, do not download the software immediately. Contact the seller and ask them to remove the software.
This may sound scary, but with these simple precautions to protect your computer, you can have a worry free online shopping experience.