If asked,, many tech savvy people will inform you that viruses have grown into a much bigger threat than they were considered to be just a few short years ago. From minor annoyance, they’ve quickly evolved into malicious bits of code capable of destroying your entire system or even worse – covertly launching their perpetual surreptitious activity, such as tracking your movements, stealing sensitive personal information or even tapping into your financial records with fraudulent intent. Of course, many of you have already had a direct clash with such devices of and have been inflicted enough personal grievances, to be familiar with the potential damages this type of malevolent program can impose. Having to reinstall your operating system might be a best-case scenario if you’re a private citizen, but for a business contracting this malicious software can lead to potential losses in the millions.
Creating a virus is a heinous act but lucky for you there are certain measures you can take in order to protect yourself from the bitter consequences. This article is mainly directed at everyday users and will not explore online business security in depth.
Prevention is the best cure!
If you don’t play with fire, you won’t get burned – banal as it may sound, staying away from shady sites and immediately deleting questionable emails is the best way to protect yourself. Most of the popular viruses need to be executed in order to affect your system. That’s why Trojan horses, for example, are masked as programs or files people would want to open – popular songs, beautiful pictures, useful programs or content of pornographic nature. Consequently, if you avoid executing possibly infected files, your system will be fine and you won’t have to take additional action in order to rid yourself of the malicious threat. However, viruses are pesky little buggers and you can’t possibly always be on your guard (for example, a friend might send you a pestiferous file and unwittingly become an accomplice in contaminating your system). That’s why additional measures hindering the maleficent activity are imminent.
Securing your system
Finding the proper security suit to make your system almost impenetrable is easier than ever. Most companies on the market are selling their products in easy to install, use and maintain packages targeted at the casual consumer. Purchasing such a package can almost guarantee your security if you employ caution and don’t go around the web looking for trouble. If you’re not careful, no amount of security will help.
There are a few things to consider before you transfer the required sum of money in order to receive your new computer protection package. Some of the aspects to factor in include but are not limited to price, update frequency, ease of maintenance and of course, the effectiveness of customer support.
There are also some tweaks you can force onto your system in order to make it more secure. First of all, you need to make sure that your browser won’t automatically download and more importantly – execute unsolicited files. If your web browsing application downloads a file you didn’t ask for on your computer, it might be affected and you might open it by mistake. You need to make sure that such a dire situation never occurs or it will be your responsibility to restore your system, spending a few days of your time in a completely needless exercise in futility, while in the same time risk losing valuable data in the process. This is pointless and all you have to do in order to avoid it is take a few simple steps like being more careful with the executables you open and purchasing adequate software.
Author Bio: Morgan Johnes’ big love is technology and new gadgets. He is currently the manager of http://www.perfectcleaning.org.uk/end-of-tenancy-cleaning-earls-court-sw5/ but this doesn’t stop him to read about tech news and issues. In his spare time he loves to take long walks.