The word “malware” is a combination of the words “malicious software” and refers to any software with malicious intent: viruses, trojans, rootkits, and worms. Therefore, safety measures must be taken in order to ensure the safety of your device and your personal information. Here are 5 tips to help you protect yourself against malware.
1. Strong Antivirus Software
Get a good and reliable antivirus that provides complete protection against malware and phishing attacks. Before deciding which antivirus to purchase, do your research, read reviews, and take notice of the features to make sure you’re really getting the protection you need.
2. Make Sure Everything Is Updated
Enable automatic updates of your operating system and make sure your browser is always updated. These updates usually contain security patches for vulnerabilities and it is very important to install them.
3. Check Before You Click
When you get an email with a link hover over it and look at the real URL at the bottom of the screen. Sometimes the link you see in the email won’t be what you’re expecting. If that’s the case, delete the email right away and inform whoever sent it to you that their email account may have been hacked.
4. Be Cautions of Attachments and Downloads
Always be very cautious of the files you’re downloading and don’t download anything from a source you don’t trust.
5. Take a Closer Look at Emails and URLs
When you are visiting a website that asks for your password and username, make sure you look at the URL before entering your information and check that it really is the website you think it is. A website that looks like PayPal can actually be a fake URL like www. paypal0.com with PayPal’s layout and logo to trick you into entering your information.
If you care about the safety of your device and personal data, which you probably do, we recommend following the tips above. They will give you peace of mind when dealing with daily tasks.
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