5 Tips To Protect Against Malware

We live in a world that is more connected now than it has ever been before. While this technology is incredible, it also leaves millions of people exposed every day to vicious malware. Here are a few ways you can protect yourself online.

1. Have Anti-virus Protection Installed

In today’s day and age, regardless of your operating system, you need ananti-virus. A good anti-virus will not only scan your computer daily for infection but also help prevent attacks in the first place. This will serve as the first line of defense against all kinds of nasty malware. In addition, you always need to be sure your operating system and ant-virus software are up to date.

2.Be Cautious With Unknown Emails and Websites

We addressed this in an earlier blog, but we think it’s important to mention it again. Never open emails from people you don’t know. Never give out sensitive information or passwords via email to anyone. Major companies will never ask for it.

The same holds true for websites. Don’t visit links that you aren’t sure about or seem sketchy. Also, be careful of clicking links that look odd. Always make sure shortened links are redirecting you to a known site.

3. Never Give Out Personal Information

While this one might seem like a no-brainer, you’d be surprised how often it happens. It’s often the case that hackers get your information through social media and other online presence that they can use to piece together passwords or login information. They can use this to access bank accounts, credit cards, and other sensitive accounts. Be careful what you post online and never give out personal information on social media.

4. Use Strong Passwords

The days of being able to use “1234” or “password” as your password are long gone. If you are using birthdays, pets names or other easily identifiable information as your password, change them now. Your password should be composed of upper and lower case characters, numbers and at least one unique character.

5. Keep Your Files Backed Up

At some point, you will lose data, and it may be due to malware or other malicious attacks. Having your data stored in a safe place is a practice that you should get into immediately. If you ever get into a case of ransomware (where your computer access is held hostage for money), you’ll still have access to all of your files.

If you find yourself in need of malware removal or need help protecting your computer, give us a call! Our expert team can help you find a solution for all your IT problems.