If you want to ensure that your personal data remains safe, then the best thing that you can do is to ensure that you follow a few simple habits to ensure that your computer is protected and that you aren’t doing anything to encourage the appearance of viruses or malware. Believe it or not, it’s possible to avoid malware and viruses completely. Take a look at this list of how to ensure that your computer stays safe.
1.) Only browse safe internet neighborhoods. This is key – there are internet neighborhoods out there that are well known for being hotbeds of viruses and malware and other bad things. These tend to be the gambling, adult, and hacking neighborhoods. Avoid browsing these sites and you’ll avoid getting hit by a drive by installation or worse.
2.) Ensure that you’re running antimalware and antivirus software. No computer should be without these key components. Sometimes antivirus software will not detect common malware threats, so if you’re having a problem with malware then we definitely suggest that you look into some of the more popular software programs, such as Spyhunter 4 and Malwarebytes.
3.) Don’t download strange or unknown files. This is especially true if you’re a fan of download sites. You’ll just introduce a whole slew of bad programs into your computer. We recommend only downloading what you absolutely need, and only from trusted sites.
4.) Never open suspicious looking emails. This is very important – it’s very easy to accidentally open an attachment that is actually a virus. If you’re suspicious of it – do not open it. Contact the friend that sent the email.
5.) Keep your software up to date. If Adobe is telling you there is an update to one of its products, such as Flash, then you should absolutely download the update. Do the same for Windows, your Internet browser, and everything else. Don’t be lazy and put it off – often these updates patch security holes.