June 4, 2012

Protecting Your Computer from Viruses

One of the most frustrating things that can happen to your computer is to get a virus that disables it and possibly finds sensitive information that could be used for identity theft. Here are the best ways that you can prevent viruses from ravaging your computer so your information is safe.

First, realize that no matter what you do, there are no fool-proof ways to protect your computer. Especially when you are sharing p2p files or using File Zilla for FTP.  Even if you follow all the tips in this article, it’s still possible to get a virus on your computer. Still, the chances are reduced by following these tips.

Second, use an Internet firewall. This is especially important if you have DSL, cable, or fiber-optic Internet which always stays connected. Even if you don’t have your browser up, it doesn’t mean that someone couldn’t send a virus or hack into your computer through the Internet. A firewall can protect you from this invasion.

Third, keep your computer up to date with Microsoft Update. Periodically, a security update will be released ensuring that any known security holes are patched so your computer is secure.

Fourth, subscribe to antivirus software and make sure to keep your subscription current.  You should certainly do this if you are transferring xvid codec movies with FileZilla software.  Subscriptions are needed because new viruses are being released all the time and security companies are continually developing defenses against these new viruses.

Fifth, never open an email attachment unless you know exactly what it is, even if the email is from someone you know. Some viruses will hack into Facebook accounts and email accounts and send fake emails/messages to people on their friends list or contact list, so just because it’s from someone you know, it doesn’t mean that it’s safe. Also, if you’re sent a link to a website, be sure you know what the site is. If the site asks you to install anything, be suspicious and make sure you know what you’re downloading.

Finally, if your computer starts running slower than usual, have it checked out by a professional. It could mean that there is spyware on your computer such as a program that records your keystrokes and logs your sensitive information.

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