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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Viruses, Malware and Spyware

 

Adam Myers, Senior PC Tech at SP Computer Services.
Adam Myers, Senior PC Tech at SP Computer Services.

By Adam Myers

Senior PC Tech at SP Computer Services

In our never-ending use of computers and other communication devices, we need to do all we can to minimize the risk of them becoming infected with viruses, malware (malicious software) and spyware.

This is a matter of personal safety and one that you should know and understand. Let’s face it, you wouldn’t want someone to walk in your place of residence without permission and start going thru your personal information, rearranging your furniture, or even throwing it out. Just as much as you protect your home and other personal belongings, you need to have that same approach when it comes to your computers and other devices.

WHAT CAN I DO?

The first thing you will want to do is to make sure you are keeping your software up to date. Most computer hardware and software manufactures will release updates and patches for your device. These are meant to fix holes and assist in protecting you from vicious attacks. You should also arm yourself with some anti-virus protection and keep it up-to-date. Anti-virus programs are meant to scan you device for known threats and warn you about files and sites that have infections.

PLEASE NOTE: Having anti-virus software will not guarantee that you will not get a virus. However, having some protection is better than none!

How would I know if my computer has a “bug” on it? If your programs/applications are not opening the way they should. If, when you get on the internet your landing page has changed. If you are getting “popups” then your computer has all the makings of an infection. To avoid further damage, you may want to have a tech expert run a check.

TechTip: Beware of emails that say they are with your bank or some email or software company asking you to verify your account number, social security number or email password. Please do not respond, delete and empty your trash/recycling bin.

Until we tech again………..

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