As most of you must have noticed, recently news channels have been warning people against the potential cyber-attack threat that seems imminent at the moment and might be underway as of right now. So how to prevent this cyber attack from infecting your computer or smartphone?
Big companies have sophisticated security systems and an IT team to manage and prevent such issues, but how can a common man save themselves from this.
The question most are asking today is how to save my computer from viruses or how to save my email from viruses?
Below mentioned are simple steps that will prevent most virus attacks on your computer and help secure your sensitive data:
- LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP: DO NOT! Open emails from unknown sources. It’s easy to assume that emails can be harmless. But most virus attacks start from emails or ads, so only entertain emails from a known source. No, no Nigerian prince is waiting to give you $1,000,000, and NO, you haven’t won a lottery today, and NO your email has not been chosen to receive a brand new car for free. DO NOT fall for this; do not click on the links, images, or attachments in those emails. Just delete the email and think that you can earn that money and buy that car all on your own.
How to Prevent a Cyber Attack: UPDATE
- UPDATE, and UPDATE again: Keep your operating system and software up to date, companies like Microsoft and Apple keep releasing security patches for the latest threats on the internet, and if you are using the original operating system, you will get these updates and they are FREE. Install the updates whenever you see a pending update in the notification bar of your computer. To check for updates for Windows 10 CLICK HERE.
- INSTALL FREE ANTIVIRUS: We know you want to prevent that cyber attack from your computer and smartphone and if you don’t want to purchase antivirus software, you can go with free versions, for Windows computers, Windows Defender and Firewall will do a good job and prevent most virus attacks and scan emails for viruses too, however, this software won’t be able to prevent damage if you open the file in an email and execute the virus. Frankly, no antivirus will be able to protect you against that, because that is like opening your door for the burglar yourself and then asking the police to prevent theft. The most important thing is not to open emails and messages from unknown sources.
How to Prevent a Cyber Attack: Junk Files
- CLEAR JUNK FILES: This may sound harmless, but tracking cookies and junk files in your computer invite more trouble just like the way garbage attracts flies. Install a free pc cleaner, CCleaner is one of the best known and widely used software to remove junk files from the computer, and it’s free. Install it and run it once every 15-20 days, this will help improve your computer speed as well.
- AVOID DOWNLOADS: These days everything you want to watch is available on streaming websites, and music you want to listen to is available on many free websites and apps as well. So try to avoid downloading torrents, files, images, movies, music from unknown websites, or websites that ask you to disable your ad-blocker or antivirus. Doing this will protect your computer against viruses from any malicious files that might be there.
- AD-BLOCKER: No matter you use Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari as your preferred internet browser; always install ad-blocker on it. AdblockPlus is a freeware and helps protect your computer from malicious ads, and stops those annoying pop-ups when you are trying to watch your favorite video on YouTube or trying to read an article on something interesting.
How to Prevent a Cyber Attack: Backup Files
- BACKUP EVERYTHING: You will do everything to prevent a cyber attack from your computer or smartphone but in the event of a cyber or virus attack on your computer or virus on your smartphone, you can in worst cases reset the device, reinstall the operating system, and start afresh. The real pain comes in losing all your data when you have to make that call, to save the device, or save the data. Because saving data from an infected computer or smartphone is easier said than done. It’s like snatching a meal from a hungry python that is already wrapped around it, lots of hoops to jump through and what you are able to save may not be close to what it really was. So regular backup on an external hard drive, pen drive, memory card, or different partition on your computer can help you from that issue. Most tech-savvy people like me keep their operating system on a separate partition on their computers and all the data in other partitions. This way, should a virus infect your computer, you only have to deal with that one partition and your data is intact in most cases. Of course, there are viruses that can corrupt your data on other partitions and drives, but we are focused on preventive measures from the majority of them.
My Best Friend…
- A FRIEND IN NEED IS A FRIEND INDEED: Last but not least, if you are not a tech-savvy person yourself and do not understand much of what happens behind the scenes on your laptop or smartphone, then now is the time to keep your tech-savvy friend happy, a piece of knowledgeable advice from him/her can save you world of pain and perhaps money too. So start chatting him/her up right now!