With all the advancements in technology in the past 30 years, consumers have had to learn new skills to protect electronics. Personal computers which are constantly being used to surf and download from the internet must be kept free of malware and other malicious devices? Malware is short for malicious software and there is no shortage of hackers willing to try and insert malware into your computer in the hopes of retrieving personal data. If you have a computer used for internet surfing, here are two things you can do to help protect your equipment.
1.) Know from whom your download- The temptation is there to download movies or music. After all, it’s free and does not require you to leave the comfort of your own home. However, you are taking a big chance if you download from an unknown source. That’s because many computer hackers will post files disguised as movies or music in order to get you to make the download. Once of your machine, the malware will begin to scan your documents looking for information the hacker can use potentially to steal your identity.
2.) Run free spyware and adware programs- There are many free programs you can download to sweep for adware, spyware, Trojan viruses, and other forms of malware. While there are certainly companies offering a paid program, a little internet research will leave you with a number of choices to perform free malware sweeps.
Protecting your computer is vital to its longevity. However, it is even more important to prevent identity theft that could take years to untangle. Take the necessary steps to protect your computer.