Computer viruses can be a major—and sometimes expensive—nuisance to deal with. Not only will you need to purchase software to remove the virus or hire a tech expert to remove it for you, but you also run the risk of your private information falling into the wrong hands.
Luckily, you can easily protect your computer from viruses. The following are three ways that you can protect your computer.
1. Use antivirus software.
One of the easiest things you can do to protect your computer from viruses is to install anti-virus software. There are plenty of free software programs out there, or you can purchase one for a decent price. McAfee and Norton tend to be the most popular options, but there are others out there as well. Keep in mind that the software you pay for will typically provide you with more protection, and most of these programs will also provide you with a free trial so that you can see exactly what the program has to offer. This way, you can test out a few different options to determine which one would be best.
2. Be cautious.
Many viruses are downloaded into your computer when you click on suspicious links or open suspicious emails, and the best way to avoid the frustration of a virus is to be cautious about what you click on and what you open. Make sure that your spam filters are set up so that most emails are sent to your spam folder. If you receive an email that looks strange, don’t open it. It’s best to err on the side of caution than to unleash a virus because of your curiosity.
You also need to make sure you’re leery about the links you click on. Many scam artists are now adding links to Facebook, and if you click on it, you’ll unleash a virus. This is why you should be careful what links you click on, no matter what website they’re on.
Some hackers are also hacking into someone’s email and sending spam emails from their address. Since you’ll see an email come through from someone you know, it would entice you to click on it. The problem is that these links are viruses, and clicking on it will give the scammer access to your information.
3. Set up your firewall and browser security.
Your firewall blocks access to your computer from unauthorized users, and this can help protect your information and your computer. This is an extra step that can protect you from gaining a virus on your computer.
You should also make sure that your security filters are set up on your browser. This will help protect you from visiting sites that are known to be malicious, and it’s important to opt for a medium to high security setting in order to protect you effectively.
Protecting your computer is important to your safety and the longevity of your computer. The more precautions you take, the better protected you will be from viruses.
Garrett Payne is a computer program designer who enjoys blogging about social media & computer safety tips for teens.