3 Key Steps You Can Take to Prevent a Malware Attack

Nobody wants to fall victim to a malicious incursion. Fortunately, if you take the proper preventive steps, you never have to. Here are some rules to live by if you want to keep your computer safe from outside infringement:

1. Install anti spyware. 

This is the first and most important step in creating a robust line of defense against cybercriminals. The installation of anti spyware – such as System Shield from iolo technologies – ensures that protective work is being done even without you having to do anything. A program like System Shield checks for threats constantly, providing the kind of real-time protection that promises to quash a hack in its tracks.

2. Never open an email you’re unsure about. 

Emails with suspicious origins – or really just any email from a person or organization you don’t know – are always cause for concern. That’s because phishing scams run rampant, and they tend to target groups that are traditionally the least well-guarded, such as small businesses and individuals. Some businesspeople in Idaho learned that the hard way recently when they opened phishing emails that were ostensibly from a subgroup of the IRS, according to Idaho Statesman. But a more careful analysis of the subject of these emails would have yielded caution, since they all contained made-up case numbers.

3. Make sure mobile devices are secured.

As the FCC points out, virtual attacks increasingly target mobile devices. Therefore, individuals and small businesses that use smart mobile devices are advised to pursue security solutions for those devices as well as computers. When it comes to securing your various devices, there’s no such thing as overkill.

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3 Key Steps You Can Take to Prevent a Malware Attack