Monday, 28 January 2013

How to protect yourself from Malicious Software

Over the past few months I have noticed an increase in malicious software via e-mails, websites, pop-ups and other various networked media. With the ever changing tricks that hackers deploy to scam users, protecting yourself from these threats gets trickier as well. Simple things that you thought were harmless like clicking on a link with in an e-mail, on a pop-up or within a website, could download malware and put your computer in danger. This calls for your alert attention whenever you are working, surfing or just checking your e-mail.
So, how do you protect yourself from threats? There are several measures you can take. Here are some tips that I gathered from Microsoft, Google and my own experience.
  • Make sure you have a trusted antivirus and anti-spyware program installed. Watch out for links or pop-ups that pretend to give you a warning and ask you to download a program to remove viruses.
  • The most common way that a computer gets infected is via the e-mail. Keeping this in mind, make sure that you verify e-mail address of the sender before opening an email. Specially be aware if you get an email with an attachment even from a sender you trust. 
  • Take extra caution when browsing websites. Government, real estate, legal, online Games websites are often targeted by malware.
  • Update your operational system and anti-virus program on a regular basis. This will ensure that all the security patches and virus definitions are current and to keep you protected even through some of the accidental clicks.
  • Choose strong passwords and change them regularly.
    Don't turn off your firewall. 
  • Beware of using flash drives from an unknown source.
  • Take caution when you are installing any new software. If it is from unknown source, don't install it. Google the software to find out if it is a legitimate program.


3 comments:

  1. Great suggestions!

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  2. How do I reduce spam coming to my personal email. I have email protection, but I still get spam email in my inbox. It seems like most of the unsubscribe links are also spams, coz I still get the spam after unsubscribing. any suggestion?

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  3. The easiest would be to use the unsubscribe link, as for some of the unsubscribe links also ask you to click on a link once the web browser has loaded the page. As for the unsubscribe not actually working, and you are still receiving e-mails you could just create a rule with in the mail application of your choice and make it go to the deleted/garbage folder.

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