Opening downloaded files before scanning them first from viruses, clicking any links, accepting each and every cookie on the web etc, are only 3 from many reasons that put your computer security at risk.
Internet has made a lot of activities such as shopping, reading, getting informations about a topic etc, just easier and faster like never before, but it does not come without a price. Every one of us faces the issue of security while surfing the Internet for any reason. It has become a concern for everyone, that their personal informations, passwords etc are all protected.
The Intrnet has a darker side though, your computer security is always at risk and attacked by different Malwares which are malicious softwares designed to steal your informations or deny operations on your computer including: Viruses: They infect and attach themselves to other trusted programs on your computer, in a way that they also become like it. Trojans: Once downloaded and opened, they collect and steal any personal informations such as your passwords, PIN numbers… And send them to a thief’s or a hacker’s database. Spyware: They watch what the user is doing with his computer and collect different information about him, and send them to the creator or the hacker over the internet. Adware: They load random ads (some of them are usually inappropriate) every time the internet was accessed by the user.
So the question that every computer user is asking, is how to prevent their computer from being infected by these malwares?
However, despite all of these precaustionsm, you might still be vulnerable! Few viruses will always find their way to your system and cause you a lot of damage.
In fact, choosing a secure web browser can help you even more. There are many different browsers out there, each one of them is built in different ways and has different security features. Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera and Google Chrome are the most popular browsers which you can choose from.
Also consider those tips to enhance your Internet security. - Before submitting your financial informations, make sure the website is secure using SLL and Certificates. - Email Phishing and Scam: Always be wary of malicious hyperlinks. Do not follow any link sent to your email. Many companies have been used in phishing scams such as Ebay, Paypal, Wells Fargo etc … Report any suspicious message or a scam requesting your informations. - Spam: Block all the emails that are spamming your account everyday. They might be sending trojans. - Do not download email attachments from unknown senders. You never know what you are really downloading. - Protect your privacy online and clean all areas of your computer. (Temporary files, history, cookies, index.dat, log files, download history, old registry entries etc…). If you were interested in doing all this easily, I’d recomend you to check out a powerful freeware system optimisation and privacy tool: CCleaner, it will clean your registry of each and every error. - Never post your email address in an unsecured website on the Internet. It will reduce the chance of getting virus or scam emails and spam.
But what if you are already infected with a malware? how can you fix it? The first step, you should identify the security problem that you are facing. Download a security software (Above are listed some) and run a full scan of your computer. If a virus was found, the software will take steps to delete it from your system. Make sure before you confirm to delete any file, do an online search for its name, because some files can give false alarms.
Finally, there is no reason to always worry about security problems becaue they are and always will be a part of the Internet, and unfortunately they are becoming more aggresive. Educate yourself about the operation of computers, and keep yourself up to date on the Internet threats to prevent any security problem in the future.