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Keeping your computer safe and sound

Published: November 24, 2017

With new viruses being invented daily and getting harder to detect, computer users must be more cyber savvy than ever before. Prevention is better than cure, so how can you keep out of harm’s way? You’ll want to get familiar with a few tools of the trade.

Get vaccinated

While some viruses can be avoided by simple common sense, even the most savvy web surfers can be infected when they least expect it. It’s worth installing a well known anti-virus program, like Norton Anti-Virus, as they’re always keeping virus definitions up-to-date. Learn more at the Norton website.

Stay alert

Keep an eye out for emerging threats at the Norton emerging threats page. Need more statistical or detailed information? Visit sites such as Kaspersky Cybermap or Live Cyber Attack Threat Map.

Download wisely

Most viruses and malware hitch a ride through installs of third party software downloaded from the internet. You can lower your risk by using applications that block or don’t contain these threats.

Some well known virus-free programs include:

  • Google Chrome – Google takes security very seriously. This web browser is compatible with the vast majority of websites.
  • uBlock Origin – This is an add-on for Google Chrome, as pop-up ads can often lead to malware installation, rather than a legitimate product.
  • VLC – Malware can be distributed by installing a third party media player. VLC is a trusted, malware-free player.
  • 7zip – Users may get malware when trying to install software to open zipped files that Windows can’t handle natively.

Do you think you’ve been infected with a virus or malware?

Read our article about the warning signs and contact our tech experts today!