We have recently been having an overhaul of our security, both inside our own four walls as well as the four walls of our clients. This includes updating routers and keeping up to date with security updates on computers as well as enabling two factor authentication.

Outside of this, there is a common misconception within the techno sphere that only Windows computers can get viruses. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Macs also get viruses and due to the increasing popularity of the Apple Mac platform; hackers, viruses and the other malicious ways of attacking technology are moving over from Windows and affecting a much broader target. We’ve had clients with a range of different malware and viruses which has affected anything ranging from their emails, all the way through to the performance of their computer.

Here is my guide on how to protect yourself from these nasty gnorcs

Download an Anti Virus package:

Anti-Virus software is the first point of defence when protecting yourself from the nasty gnorcs I mentioned above. They will be the first thing to warn you that something is wrong and advise you on the best way to remove the unwanted intrusion. I’d recommend Anti-Virus softwares such as AVG, Norton and Webroot. Alternatively, there are anti malware packages such as Malware Bytes that will also do the job

Avoid suspicious looking websites:

 

There are times where you’ll want to visit a website, for example. If you really enjoy watching random objects being squashed by a hydraulic press (we’re all guilty of YouTube adventures, right?) and when you visit you find everything is not quite as it seems. It could be that you have visited a website designed to look like the one you visit normally, but instead it contains viruses, malware and other types of malicious software that will install itself on your computer without your knowledge (unless the anti-virus flags it up). I’d advise bookmarking the website you visit frequently, and always look out for the tell-tale signs of a suspicious looking website. This could be anything from how the website looks, errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar, to the lack of the padlock icon at the left or right end of the address bar on your browser. This missing padlock icon means that the website isn’t secure.

Avoid suspicious looking software:

We’ve all looked for a free alternative version of a software to avoid buying one that could cost you a gazillion pounds, but sometimes that could lure you into the attacker’s trap. You could download a software you think is innocent but turns out to be malicious. I’d highly recommend sticking to reputable, well known software sites and software developers. For example, visit the official websites of Adobe, Rarlab, or Auslogics depending on what you are looking for.

Steer clear of software that promises – “Optimise / Speed up / Turbo Charge / Clean up your PC For FREE” or other wondrous offers. They are probably bogus, usually end up being NOT free, and could leave you open to virus attack, trojans and all the rest.

If you find yourself in a position where you need advice on anti-virus suites, computer support or anything else to reach your technological goals please don’t hesitate to call us at Abcom. You can contact us on 01444 871 200 and we’ll always be happy to assist.

 

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