Best Security Practices
April 2015 by Joel Cornett, Technician

Viruses, malware, hacking, phishing… These are terms that have become commonplace in our culture today. So with all these threats, how do you keep your computer safe?

  1. Use a good anti-virus program & keep it up to date. This is probably the most important thing you can do. Even the best anti-virus program is useless if you don’t keep it up to date.
  2. Do your system & security updates. While that pop-up asking if you want to restart your computer to apply updates can be annoying, it’s important to do. Those updates often apply fixes to security vulnerabilities that people can use to exploit your system.
  3. Use smart browsing practices. This means don’t download files from websites you don’t trust. Don’t click on that banner at the top of the page that tells you that you might be infected. Check the web address to make sure you are on the correct site before you enter any personal information. If you are unsure if something is safe, assume it’s not and ask a professional before continuing.
  4. Be wary of emails and IM’s. Especially ones that are asking you to click a link with little-to-no explanation.
  5. Don’t give someone you don’t know access to your computer. If someone you don’t know calls you and asks to be given remote access to your computer, don’t do it. This is a common scam; you get a call from someone claiming to be Microsoft and telling you they have detected viruses or problems with your computer. Microsoft doesn't do this. You won’t get a call from them about this.

If you think you have been the victim of a scam, have gotten infected with a virus/malware, or want to better protect your computer, we here at Esh Computer Center would be glad to talk with you and help you secure your computer.

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