One of the biggest threats to computers is viruses and other malware. They can be very dangerous and some of them lead to data loss and identity theft. Unfortunately it is possible to catch malware from some very simple daily actions. The good news is that there are some very effective ways how to prevent them.
One of the most effective methods is safe browsing. That might sound very simple and reasonable, but many internet users don’t know how to avoid all the malware completely. Experienced internet users know that it there is possibility to get some serious viruses by clicking on adds or pop-ups, but not every threat is so obvious. Better don’t click to any ads at all and avoid from unknown, suspicious websites. Luckily most of the internet browsers protect you from possibility to get infected, but make sure your browser is configured to always ask the users permeation before running files and downloading something automatically.
You can also block all these ads and pop-ups, because it is also possible to click on them by an accident. For example, usually there is a close button to the pop-up ad, but by licking it, you actually open the ad. Better use the Ad Block or other extensions to reduce the amount of these misleading pop-ups. They can be very dangerous so better configure your internet browser to block them.
Make sure you are using safe internet browser that is always up to date. If you are using older browser, be prepared that it won’t be so advanced and you might catch some viruses. There are no program extensions that protect your computer. Such browsers as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari are considered as safe, so better choose one of them.
Be very careful with downloads. Better download only programs and files that are really necessary and use only reliable, official websites for that. Also read the download agreements. Downloading unknown programs and files is the easiest way how to catch some very dangerous viruses.
Never open suspicious e-mails or messages in social media. Also that is very popular and easy way how to catch some viruses. Never download attachments if you are not sure about their content. If there are some e-mails that don’t look safe, just delete them as soon as you see them.
And the last and most important advice would be to buy reliable and good antivirus program. If your computer and all the files in it are important for you than better don’t try to save money on this. Buy a real program, instead of using free demo versions that are not protecting your computer fully. That will protect your computer even if you will skip all the previous conditions.