The world is full of viruses, as well as spammers, trying to get on your system. Getting infected can happen to anyone, and when it does it can lead to a great deal of stress. It can never be guaranteed that you can keep your computer virus free, but there are a number of steps you can take to help a great deal. Below we have listed some of the steps to help ensure your computer stays virus free.
1) Install O/S Security Updates
Every operating system has flaws, and as those flaws are detected it is very important that you make sure your computer is protected by installing the latest security update. There are even tools out there to automatically install these patches.
2) Install a strong Anti-Virus Application
There are a lot of high quality ant-virus applications available. Be sure to ask your managed service provider what they would recommend to implement, to help ensure you are choosing the right one.
3) Be careful of suspicious emails
Today a majority of email is spam, so you certainly should have a spam protector. You also need to follow basic email common sense. For instance do not open emails from people you do not know, never send account information to people requesting it, and be careful of suspicious links or attachments that you were not expecting.
4) Surf the internet safely
When visiting a website be wary when they ask you to install anything. Never install anything from a website unless you know exactly what it is, and you are certain it is what you are looking for. Never install free games and stay away from sites that are likely to have the malware on them.
5) Create a strong password for each online account
A strong password is very critical to keeping your computer safe. You should not use the same password between accounts, do not use common words, and use a combination of letters, numbers and make some upper and some lower case. This will make it more difficult to remember, but will be very beneficial in keeping your computer safe.
6) Backup Your Data
As we mentioned even taking all the right steps does not guarantee you are protected. You need to have a strong backup solution that regularly backs up your files, in the event a virus does destroy your computer, you will be protected.