Opening your computer, connecting to the internet, and opening a browser also opens your computer to an entire world of dangerous sites and downloads. Being knowledgeable on how to prevent these computer infections can save both, your computer and your private information.
Let’s say you are doing research, and come across a site you’ve never heard of before. An advertisement appears, and you try to close it using the ‘X’ at the top of the ad. It’s too late, but you’ve noticed the X is drawn onto the advertisement, so clicking the X is just like clicking the ad. You are sent to a boring page you try to exit, but it starts an installation on your computer without your acknowledgment. You are now at risk with spyware and having your personal information taken by complete strangers. That doesn’t sound very exciting, and you may be regretting even doing research in the first place. However, there are multiple other ways this same outcome can happen. Simply by opening a Webpage or HTML email can do the notorious trick.
A few ways to protect yourself from possible spyware, or malware, you could download anti-spyware software or antivirus protection with a firewall. Making sure that you are visiting only sites you know are safe is also critical in safe browsing. Stay away from unknown adult sites, file sharing services, and social media websites (Facebook, Twitter, and other well-known social media are O.K. to continue using).
Updating your browser and operating system, when needed, plays another huge part in safe browsing. Updates sometimes help to patch bugs or work-arounds for viruses. Always having the newest version available means that more has been fixed and there are (typically) less problems.
Preventing any form of harmful content from your computer will help to make sure your personal information is kept personal, your data is secure, and you are also preventing your computer from obtaining malware which can damage or seriously slow your machine.
We, Computers on the Run, can help you to make sure your computer is kept safe and has the right tools to prevent any future complications.
Contact us at: (308) 381-0561
3415 W State St, Grand Island, NE 68803