Video:Tips to Avoid Computer Viruseswith Don Schechter
Computer hackers are always looking for new ways to install viruses on vulnerable computers. The good news is that with a little bit of vigilance you can avoid computer viruses. Check out these tips to avoid computer viruses.See Transcript
Transcript:Tips to Avoid Computer VirusesHi, I'm Don Schechter for About.com Computing. Today I'll give you some tips to avoid computer viruses.
Anti-Virus SoftwareYou should always have anti-virus software. It comes pre-installed on most new computers, but if you don't have it yet, be sure to check out McAfee, Symantec, or other anti-virus software.
Programs are continually learning their vulnerabilities and the engineers who wrote them are coming out with updates to help with their security. Check for updates not just on your operating system, but also for your software programs.
Create a FirewallMost new computers come with a built in firewall. Firewalls are a necessary part of safe web surfing.
Browse Safely OnlineCheck your internet browsers security options to ensure browsing safety. There are always options to eliminate pop-ups whether you're using Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.
Guard Against Email VirusesGuard your email against spam which may contain worms or trojans. Do not open email attachments from people you do not recognize. If you need to open a suspicious email, read it in plain text if its available.
Avoid File-Sharing ProgramsFree file-sharing programs including Torrent and Kazaa are often filled with trojans, viruses, worms and all kinds of malware. If you don't know from whom you're downloading, it is not a good idea to do so. Peer-to-peer file sharing is never safe.
Beware Internet ScamsLastly, you should be knowledgeable of current internet scams. Do not fall for unsolicited job offer emails, promised lottery winnings or emails posing a security concern from a bank or e-commerce site.
Stay cautious and follow these tips to protect yourself and your computer.
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