October 2, 2017
Malware comes in many forms, but its aim is generally the same: to steal your personal information or harm your devices. Cybercriminals can infect your computer when you download files, access unfamiliar links, or click on pop-up windows disguised as messages or advertisements. Maintaining a clean computer is the key to combating malware. Following these suggestions will help:
- Install and maintain an anti-virus and anti-spyware program. Set the program to update automatically or check regularly for updates since new viruses are launched all the time.
- Scan the hard drive for viruses on a regular basis.
- Visit www.staysafeonline.org for a list of free security products to detect malware.
- Do not buy protection software or services based on telephone calls, pop-up advertisements, or email messages that allege your device has malware. They are probably scams.
- Install and use a pop-up blocker. They are often available free, including within some Internet browsers.
- Install and update personal firewalls, which filter incoming and outgoing data.
- Delete suspicious emails and text messages, even if they appear to be from a friend or trusted source. Do not click on links, open attachments, or download anything from a suspicious message.