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, 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 Window’s computers can get viruses. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Mac’s 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 technological audience. 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:
Anti-Virus is the first point of defence when protecting yourself from the nasty gnorcs I have 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 software’s such as AVG, Norton and Webroot. Alternatively, there are anti malware software’s such as Malwarebytes 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 isn’t 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 or look out for the tell-tale signs of a suspicious looking website. This could be anything from how the website looks, to the lack of the lock icon in the top right-hand corner of your browser. This lock icon missing 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: the official website of a Adobe, Rarlab, or Auslogics depending on what you are looking for.
If you find yourself in a position where you need anti-virus, computer support or anything else to suit your technological needs 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.