Top Antivirus Tips For Your Windows PC
Anti-virus software is an essential utility that you need to have configured on your Windows machine to keep it safe and secured. The malicious programs pose a great threat to our data or emails. With internet being so easily accessible around the world, the threat has increased considerably over the past few years. We all have read reports about how accounts of popular figures all over the world have been hacked in the past and sensitive information is leaked online. Before that happens to us, do try out following tips which can help you avoid any virus attack.
Find what’s best for you
There are plenty of Anti-virus software available in the market. Some of them are free, but a lot of them offer paid services. It is important to know which one suit you best. If you do not indulge in lot of internet activities, you can opt for free services offered by a lot of AV applications. But you run the risk of installing malware through USB or CDs when you insert them. On the other hand, if you indulge in lot of internet usage, it is advisable to install the paid version. If you are planning to buy a new desktop or laptop, lookout for the offers that come along with them
Install Regular Updates
This is a key factor which determines security of your machine. There are new programs developed on daily basis which can harm your data. The anti-virus software that you have installed may not be able to block them if it is not updated. It often happens that we choose not to install the updates if we think it will slow our system. And it is a valid concern as well. Some updates may slow down your machine, but it is still suggested to update them regularly. This helps your AV to update itself with the list of blacklisted programs and better secure your PC or laptop. It is also important to scan your PC after installation to keep it safe.
Internet is dark and full of terrors. Yes, that includes risk even while downloading Game of Thrones episodes or any other content from internet. You have plenty of phishing links or even emails which display offers that seem too good to be true. Once you click on them, it more often than not, installs malicious applications on your device with potential to harm your data. You need to be alert about all such links while surfing. Also, it is advisable to change your passwords, especially for banking or finance related and personal emails, on a regular basis. You should prefer a combination of numbers, upper and lower case, and special characters in your password so that it becomes difficult for hacker groups to access your information. And under no circumstances, it is advised to provide passwords to anyone even if someone claims to be bank representatives.
Keep the above things in mind and you should be able to use your laptop without any risks.
by techtalks @TechTalks September 6, 2016 4:47 AM UTC