6 steps to computer safety

 

Cybercriminals are constantly looking for new ways to manipulate victims online. With the right software in place and a general awareness of online threats, you can feel more guarded against an attack. Here’s a handy checklist to help you minimise your risk of being compromised. 

 

1. Install quality antivirus 

Before installing antivirus software, do your research on the product and reputation of the company selling it. There are fake antivirus or security software out there which are actually malware in disguise. If your system has been infected with fake antivirus, use a legitimate virus scanner and removal tool to combat the issue. 

 

2. Install real-time anti-spyware protection 

You may want to invest in good anti-spyware software as most free ones do not provide real-time or active protection from adware, trojan or other infections. Free anti-spyware software usually detects spyware threats once it has infected a system, while paid software can prevent infections and remove spyware that are already present. 

 

3. Keep anti-malware applications current 

Antivirus and anti-spyware programs must always be up-to-date to be effective. 

 

4. Perform daily scans 

Regularly scan your hard disk, files, email attachments and any removable media such as USB drives and CD-ROMs. Daily scans can be helpful in detecting, isolating and removing infections from your devices. 

 

5. Disable autorun 

Disabling the autorun function on your computer will eliminate the risk of activating a malware when you plug in an infected removable media to your computer or device. If autorun is not disabled, then connecting to any network drives, external hard disks or USB drive can result in the automatic spread of malware to your device. 

 

6. Treat email attachments with caution 

Simply clicking on a link or attachment in an email from an unknown course can corrupt system files, infect other machines and destroy critical data. Do not click on email attachments without scanning it first for viruses by using an anti-malware application.