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5 ways to keep your computer virus-free

Protect against future ‘WannaCry Ransomware’ type-attacks

As some companies and personal users are recovering from the recent WannaCry Ransomware attack, we want to help future attacks from infecting your PC and getting hold of your personal and private information. Nothing is 100% secure but, you can make it more difficult for them to access your life and passwords etc. How do we do this? Follow these easy 5 steps:


 

  1. Schedule Virus Scans:
    There are so many anti-virus programs available these days and you may be under the assumption that, having more than one is increasing your chance of safety. Take it from us, only have ONE anti virus program installed to prevent clashing. Software like AVG is great and it’s completely FREE to install. Once installed, set up a Scan Schedule to your preferred choice (once per day to be safe)

  2. Only install software from sources that are trusted:
    At some point, we have all seen the little box on a web page, telling us that our system is under attack and some people fall for it. Your system is probably NOW under attack because of clicking on that box. If you install what the advert was telling you, there’s a 99% chance that you’re definitely under attack. If an advert looks suspicious, ignore it. Any “ALERT” that’s flashing in a web page is FAKE and we don’t even trust the ‘X’ in the corner or close button. 
  3. Two-Step:
    Two step verification is not always a default option but most social media and email sites will have it. Basically, if anyone logs in from an IP address that isn’t recognised, it will prompt for verification key, which will be sent to your phone or you have access to.

  4. Phishing:
    The Phishing scam is a sneaky devil as it imitates known websites and hopes that you will give up some personal information. Look out for blurred, pixelated or odd looking branding/ logos that just don’t look right. Clicking a link can and often does prompt a download action so; hover over the link and see what address pops up at the bottom of your browser screen. If you receive an email from your bank, Paypal or anyone and you’re just not sure; don’t click any links, go to your browser and type in the address or make a phone call.

  5. Updating:
    Keep your operating system up-to-date at all times. We advise you to set up auto update because chances are, if there is a global virus, companies like Microsoft will be on it, whilst you’re asleep or at work. The updates will automatically patch any vulnerabilities in the software.


Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of online safety and how to protect yourself against attacks.