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Malware: How to Make Your Tech Safer

29th January 2015

In the face of it all, malware is something that you have to be mindful of. It’s easier to protect yourself from these threats than it is to remove them. As such, everyone seems aware of malware in 2015. So, if everyone is aware of these risks, why does it pose such an issue still?

It seems that our online behaviour is a massive contributor the problem of malware. So, it’s important that you seek to change your online habits to avoid having an infected computer.

What is Malware?

Malware is an umbrella term to describe an infection on your computer. Malware covers viruses, worms and Trojan horses. Spyware and adware all form part of the malware definition. As such, malware severity can be defined as a mild annoyance to a real security threat. Computer crashes, slow loading and identity theft are all part of the malware virus. So, if you want to keep safe online, it’s vital that you avoid this like the plague.

Preventing Malware: Be Smart

Malware infections can have a detrimental impact on you and your PC. So, it makes sense to avoid it. The adage ‘prevention is better than cure’ has never been apter when discussing issues of malware. The key is to make sure that you are not downloading anything that you don’t understand. If you have not used a site before, it may be wise to search for its credentials online before you input any sensitive information.

Email Protection

Many of us have had the email promising us fame, riches and wealth. But, many of us ignore them. Let’s face it; it’s spam. Having a diligent approach to spam is important. If you don’t know the sender or it’s not from a reputable site, ignore it. Delete it. Don’t even think about opening it.

Discs and Flash Drives

We all borrow discs, USBs and flash drives from our friends. Don’t just load these into the computer. Your mum may not be a master hacker, but the drive may still be infected. Make sure that you scan any new devices before you install them. Use a security software program to ensure that your devices are safe. The latest Spyhunter 4 review is out now, so take a look and make sure that you are adequately protected.

The Illegal Download Dilemma

We’re not here to judge. Everyone wants something for free. But do be aware, it’s illegal for a reason. If you are looking at peer to peer sharing files, you run the risk of being infected with malware. Enter this at your peril.

You’ve Been Hit with Malware: Now What?

Okay, so you may have already been infected with Malware. Stop. Relax. Breathe. It can be removed, but it is difficult. Make sure that you are running anti-virus software. Keep it up to date and ensure that you get the best software that you can afford. Of course, anti-malware, spyware and the like can be purchased as a standalone product. This maximises your chances of staying safe

Corey is an all round tech guru who has worked at some major blue chip companies. He started Poweronemedia to share his views and knowledge with the rest of the blogging world.