This post talks about how to protect your device from viruses.
Did you know that Each day that passes, 350000 new pieces of malware are detected — dataprot.
What is a computer virus?
Viruses are a type of malware that is capable of replicating themselves on your computer and spreading to other devices.
Some signs to show that you might be infected with a virus are:
- When your computer unexpectedly starts running more slowly
- Crashes a lot, or does things like running unusual programs without your permission.
Viruses are harmful. My latest encounter with them was when I was trying to copy files from a friend’s PC to another PC using a pen drive. Unfortunately, my friend’s PC was infected. It corrupted my drive and that is how all the files on it disappeared. Good thing I had backed them up on my PC.
Ways of protecting your device from viruses
Here are some ways to protect your device (PC or Smartphone) from viruses that can harm it, or allow criminals to access your data, money, or personal information.
(i) Firstly, turn on UAC (User Access Control)
In case changes are going to be made to your PC that requires administrator-level permission, UAC alerts you and gives you the chance to approve the change.
User Access Control can help keep viruses from making unwanted changes.
(ii) Secondly, do not open email messages from unfamiliar senders, or email attachments that you do not recognize.
A lot of viruses are attached to email messages and will spread as soon as you open the attachment.
It pays not to open any attachments except when it is something you are expecting.
(iii) Thirdly, use anti-malware apps
Microsoft Defender is free anti-malware software included with Windows, and it is kept updated automatically through Windows Update.
Additionally, there are also anti-malware products made by other companies that you can choose from.
(iv) Use a pop-up blocker with your internet browser
A pop-up window is a small browser window that appears on top of the website you’re viewing.
Despite the fact that most are created by advertisers, they can also contain malicious or unsafe code.
Pop-up blockers can hinder some or all of these windows from appearing. Pop-up blockers in Microsoft Edge are turned on by default.
There are so many things we do online. Accessing social media sites, keeping up with others, etc. It is important to keep in mind that while we do this, we ought to keep our data and protect our devices safe from computer viruses and other external dangers.