A computer is a bit like a car; when it’s going well it’s awesome and it enhances our life, but when it breaks down we feel like kicking something – usually the tyre. And just like a car, if you have problems with your computer it is a good idea to have a specialist look at it rather than tinkering with it yourself.
The best way to prevent a computer from breaking down is to protect it from viruses, Trojans and spyware that are all designed to do nasty things to it. Every computer should have reputable anti-virus protection whether you use it to surf the web or not. Let’s dive into more detail about how you can avoid catching computer cooties.
Many anti-virus software programmes are free and do an adequate job of protecting your PC or other device. Not that it’s any surprise, but paid versions are usually better and may even extend to include three or more computers or devices, making paying for it a no-brainer. When you consider the damage that can be done and the loss that you will incur should a vicious Trojan, virus on malware programme attack your computer, paying for protection is really worthwhile.
While an anti-virus programme can be considered the front line soldier to protect your computer, there are other, secondary ways that can help and save a lot of frustration and loss.
Reading about all the bad things that can happen to your PC or Mac may put you into a panic. What you need to realise is that a virus cannot harm your computer unless you open it or launch the program it is attached to.
If the worst happens, remember that in most cases computer repair experts can remove the virus and retrieve your lost files. It’s not all doom and gloom.
Mac users especially are unlikely to have their computer affected by a virus due to the operating system’s features that prevent this from happening. However, there are other things that can come in through email. While a Windows virus can inhabit a Mac, it cannot harm the operating system, but it can be passed on to another Windows user, usually through an email.
If you have a Mac computer, do not download Adobe Flash Player from anywhere but the original website because there is malware disguised as that software. It is also a good idea to disable option that allows automatic opening of safe files after download. This is found in Safari Preferences/General. If a message pops up to update any kind of software, don’t click on it, but go to the original source via your browser to install the update. Putting in place just some of these simple precautions will ensure that your computer remains safe.