If you don’t take precautionary steps to protect your PC from cyber threats, viruses and other malware can easily infect your computer system. The damage caused by a virus to a computer can be severe and leave you unable to access your personal files, or even result in a costly visit to your local technician.
Don’t wait until it’s too late – here are three easy ways to protect your PC from a malware infection.
How to Protect Your PC from Cyber Threats
1) Get Real-time protection
Install top-notch security software on your PC and keep it up to date. A current and reliable security software package will be able to detect and protect your PC from being attacked by spyware, worms, and Trojans. Some antivirus software also includes protection from other forms of attack, such as spam bots and phishing programs.
Additionally, most security software packages will include firewall protection that works in real time against cyber threats. This means the software runs constantly in the background and scans files, email attachments, and webpages, and will block them or alert you to suspicious activity.
2) Keep your PC Updated
Turning on the option to let Windows update automatically will ensure you have the latest version of software installed on your PC. An update often includes patches that help to fix operating system vulnerabilities. If you use the older version for too long, the risk of a virus attack being successful is increased.
Windows 10 perk? Automatic updates are turned on by default.
3) Know Before You Click
It is easy to conceal Trojan viruses in peer-to-peer programs, websites, and even email attachments. So if you’re going to open any files that you are not completely sure are from a trusted source, scan the files before you open them. Due to the nature of different file types, you should also pay attention to the file extensions. For example, files with extension such as .bat, .cmd, .dll, and .scr should be scanned for malware as these files can contain code to execute a potentially harmful command or action on your PC.
Bonus tip: You can’t completely guarantee your computer won’t get a virus, so it’s best to back up your files. You can use an external hard drive or cloud backup service for this.
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