If you do a search, you'll quickly see how much advice you can get on preventing all malware attacks or other cyber threats with your Mac or PC computer. Sometimes, all the different tricks and tips can be confusing. That's why we've taken the time to put together four basic tips that will keep your online world safe from attacks.
Here are some shocking statistics:
- Roughly 32% of computers world wide are infected
- 53% of computer users have experienced a computer infection at some point
- User lost $2,300,000,000 due to malware infections in 2011
- Adobe Reader and Java are the most targeted applications
- Spam email and internet downloads are the most common sources of contamination
Stay In Control
Make no mistake, there are many different kinds of online threats lurking. One of the most dangerous will play on your emotions. Many of the worst email attachments are hiding behind calls to action. These carefully crafted scareware ploys try to get you to click on an attachment or install a plug-in. They tell you things like your system might be vulnerable.
That's why the first tip is about keeping your emotional side out of the process. That means only installing software you actually need. Staying in control of the process also means doing some basic research about any program's security, performance and quality. Always check with you IT department before downloading and installing software to ensure that it’s safe and approved.
Watch out for phony email alerts that appear to come from places like Facebook and LinkedIn. Reading customer reviews online helps to get a clearer picture. But again, always check with your IT team.
Remember To Update
It's critical to remember that your Mac and PC apps need to be updated with important and critical security updates to stay efficient and secure. It's also important to keep up to date on all patches for your operating system.
Even the most popular programs like PDF reader and Flash are vulnerable to attack, when not updated. That's why you need to stay on top of the updates that get distributed online. Solutions such as a managed services platform ensure that updates are applied automatically on a timely bases, so you never have to worry about it.
Get Rid of What You Don't Need
Taking the trash out is important even in the online world. If you want a fast computer that responds quickly and stays safe, you'll need to remove the programs you aren't using. There's software that you'll never use that comes directly from the manufacturer, for example.
Unfortunately, these unnecessary packages add themselves when you start your computer and affect performance. However, there's an even worse security problem here. Hackers are constantly targeting these outdated software systems.
If you don't need it, uninstall it from your system. If you don't want to take it out completely, unhooking the add on to your browser works.
Install Security Software Protection
No matter how careful you may be, someone in your organization may not be as aware and will click on something they shouldn’t. Inevitably someone will be tricked and their computer will get contaminated, spreading it throughout your organization.
Prevention will go a long way to avoiding downtime and the challenges in dealing with a contamination or a cyber attack. You can protect your computer network and important data with the right type of software.
Antivirus is not enough. You need additional layered protection to ensure that all your software is updated, malware doesn’t get installed or spreads and that users cannot go onto malicious websites. If security is important to you, contact us for advice and a free consultation.
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