Top 4 Ways To Keep Your PC Safe from Harmful Viruses in 2018

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Viruses and malware have become synonymous with computer usage in the 21st century. That is why it is important now more than ever to keep personal computers secured from individuals that seek to infiltrate your PC. Otherwise, they can damage, destroy, delete, and steal sensitive information stored on your computer. Threats can come from anywhere and by any means necessary, often times these intruders can steal information undetected and leave behind additional malware to continue stealing information without the need for the hacker to do anything thereafter.

 

Read below to find out how you can make your computer a fortress against those who wish to break into it.

Four simple steps to preventing virus and malware infection on your computer:

#1 Install an Antivirus Program

The first line of defense against trojans, malware, spyware, ransomware, and other problems is a reliable antivirus program. They will make sure all essential aspects of security are met and enforced. Not only that but it can help with screening malicious websites prior to entering them as well as screening files that have been downloaded off the internet.

#2 Have a Firewall Software Installed

Firewalls work by monitoring the incoming and outgoing traffic from your computer. It scans all the packets to ensure that they are clean and not harmful to your system. Malware such as Trojan Horses can be prevented from entering your computer with the use of a firewall. Trojan horses are especially dangerous as they can come in with various forms of such as an image or a folder that one may not suspect to be infected in the first place.

Failure to deploy a firewall makes it easier for hackers to break into your system and aside from stealing personal data they can take control of your computer and add it to a ‘botnet’ network. This will effectively make your PC collaborate with a larger group of botnets that help spread viruses. Having a firewall fully configured and enabled will reduce the risk of such harmful intrusions.

#3 Only download software from official sources

The day of purchasing CDs to install on your PC are long gone, in today’s day and age websites usually offer the option to download their software directly from their site. However, you need to be careful what websites are you using to get apps. Sites can add spyware and adware automatically which can insert ads into websites you visit and show you pop-up ads, which when clicked on leads to malware getting installed on your system causing slowdowns and theft of personal information. It is always recommended to go to the vendors/manufacturers website to install software or updated drives for they are untampered and safe files downloaded from the source itself.

#4 Secure your Wi-Fi wireless network

There are a few ways in which you can secure your Wi-Fi connection from potential attackers. Below are the primary way that you can take to ensure the necessary security measures are implemented:

  1. Make sure to change the default “username” and “password” from “admin” to something else which is more complicated and has a combination of letters, numbers, and characters.
  2. Change the SSID or Wireless Network Name from the default pre-configured one that comes with the router. For example TP-Link or D-link this will leave the bad guy thinking what router you have.
  3. To keep your Wireless signals private and stopping someone else from using them you will need to use encryption! Most of the standard encryption types for Wi-Fi are WPA, WEP, and WPA-2. The recommended and the most robust
  4. encryption to used is WPA-2.

Conclusion

Computer security can be implemented in lots of different ways, and in this article, we went over four ways you can prevent computer virus infection. The above guide will not only help you stay safe from viruses and hackers that wish to steal your personal information. 

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