How often we see that malicious viruses have affected the computer and precious data in our computer. I have personally gone through the same issues in the initial days. People generally do not pay attention to the challenge of viruses in the computer until they are impacted. As it is said, ‘prevention is better than cure’, one must take precautions to ensure the safety of the system. I have heard people saying that doing official work in computer does not invite troubles or viruses. But this is the biggest myth I have ever heard as well. Every computer is at risk of virus but they can be protected from all kind of viruses with good practices and safety guards.
I recently helped a friend of mine who is a carpet cleaner and has no idea about computer security. His whole carpet cleaning business and clients is on his computer and he lost basically everything. Luckily he had the information saved!
Here is how you can protect your computer from malicious viruses.
The virus attack depends upon the operating system. The secured OS does not need much safety from viruses, but they do not offer much freedom and user experience that Open Operating Systems do. For example, Linux is much protected but Windows is more popular because of its user friendly and easy to use mechanism. The later has greater risks but can always be protected. Always use the latest and updated OS which gets rolled out with better security and services.
The firewall gives you an alert for the suspicious activity of the viruses. So, always use your firewall service.
Do not install software from unknown sources
I have seen people tend to download loads of software from non-trusted sources and that carries the malicious viruses. Ensure that you install software from licensed sources. You should not download or execute files that come across in your mail id. Most of the times, it carries viruses and similar stuff.
Use your browser wisely
Your browser has plenty of safety features; you just need to use it wisely. Always use your Pop-Up blocker. This gives the additional security so that no unwanted malicious site opens up. There are private settings in the browsers, specifically designed to stop notorious activities like identity theft, fraud, and targeted advertising. Always be aware of the browser settings. Also, try to clear the cache and browsing history of the computer frequently. It is better to delete the internet cookies and web history once in a while.
Use your computer efficiently
Your computer has plenty of additional benefits that can be used for the safety and security from the viruses. The facility of the User Access Control gives the administration right to the user. In case of any installation, the system asks for the permission of the administrator of the system.
Last but not the least; Anti-Virus system can be very helpful to protect your computer from the viruses. They scan, detect and destroy the virus that try to infect the system and keeps it safe. In case of Anti-Virus, even if you have missed any precaution, the software will take care of the overall protection of the system. There are plenty of Ant viruses software available, but I always recommend to opt for licensed version of the Antivirus.