How to keep safe online from viruses18 March, 2014

What is a virus?
Definition of a virus: a virus is a computer program that can replicate itself and spread from one computer.

How can I get a virus?
A virus can come in many different forms usually via the internet from e-mail, malware, spyware, adware, dodgy websites and torrent downloads. They can be spread on CD’s, DVD’s, networks and USB sticks from your friends and family.

However, there are many ways to help prevent a virus getting on your computer in the first place.

Best practices to being safer from viruses

1. Antivirus programs
Having an antivirus program is a must have, the programs scan your computer on a second by second basis and will most likely detect the virus if one potentially gets picked up. Most antivirus programs now usually have spyware and malware protection in them to help you browse the internet safely.

2. Firewall
A firewall is used to open and close ports on your computer, they usually come with an antivirus program or are included with your operating system (like Microsoft Windows). The firewall is usually set to shut the majority of ports, but some are kept open so you can browse the internet and receive your e-mail.

3. Staying updated
This isn’t just related to antivirus/spyware programs, this is for your operating system too. Microsoft, Apple, and UNIX operating systems are continuously updating their products, and they do that to help you stay safe. Security holes are found all the time, so make sure you keep updating!

4. Internet browser
Whether you use Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome, all of these browsers are at the top end of searching the web, they are secure and they have preventions built-in to stop a virus or dodgy pop-ups from infecting your computer. However you also need to make sure that you stay updated too.

5. Backup often
Backups are one of the best thing you can do to keep your data safe from being infected with a virus, it can also be a great relief if you have something to restore if your computer does break down.

6. Disable Java
Over the last few months there has been some major exploits with java. Once disabled it might affect your browsing capabilities but it will keep your computer secure and away from potential security risks.

7. Get yourself an IT technician on-site
Having regular service done to your computer is wise, whether it is every month or every quarter, there is no harm in having a check-up to make sure your computer is doing what it is designed to do. Call Aussie I.T. Solutions on 03 9016 3652 today!