Taking actions to protect your computer can save both frustration and money. A computer infected with a virus or malware can result in destroyed files or the theft of your company’s and customers’ financial information such as banking account or credit card numbers. Here are three ways to protect both personal and business computers to avoid infecting the systems.
Install Anti-Virus Software
One of the most commonly used safeguards for a computer system is to install an anti-virus software on a business system or a personal computer. The software is written to warn the user if malware or viruses are detected on websites or in files that he or she might have downloaded.
Depending on the program, it can be set up to automatically quarantine files, or the user can choose to override a warning and open the information. When files are quarantined, either the IT administrator or the user, if it is a personal system, needs to manually order a deletion of the files to permanently remove them from the system.
Delete Unknown Emails
Whether you receive them at work or on your home computer, if the sender’s name or email address is unfamiliar to you, do not open the email. Instead, you should delete it, especially if the subject line is trying to sell something or promises prizes for contests you never entered. Hackers and other people embed malware into emails so that when they are opened, it infects the system and phishes for information.
If the attack is on a business computer, they may be trying to obtain proprietary information about a new product or find the business’s financial information. An attack on a personal computer is usually designed to find personal and financial information so that the owner’s identity can be stolen.
Use Whitelisting Software
Application whitelisting refers to stopping malware or viruses from infecting a computer by only granting permission to specifically named files when running applications, visiting websites, or downloading information onto the system. This is a more proactive way of protecting a computer system because the disallowed files simply will not run whether they are good or bad.
When you’re wanting to block malware by using application whitelisting Windows, the software can be configured to prevent all except certain Windows applications from running or files from executing. This allows the system to stop malware and viruses within seconds as the software bypasses any files or applications that were not named.
Using application whitelisting or anti-virus software isn’t an either/or situation. The two programs can work in conjunction to protect computers from malware attacks and viruses. Along with protecting data, the programs can prevent the need to hire an experienced technician to remove malware infecting your computer system.
When using software to protect your computer, it is important for it to be regularly updated because there are different types of viruses and malware being created all the time. Programmers are constantly writing security updates to help block malware and viruses, so running regular updates is necessary to fully protect computer systems.