Some of us may have been affected by malware, such as virus and data being lost or compromised. Even if you have never been affected, you may have at the least heard of incidents where a computer is infected with virus. In today’s digital world, your digital devices, such as computers are vulnerable to threats and attacks.
You should be familiar with various ways to protect your data and secure yourself from virus infection. Microsoft provides several free tools and solutions to protect your computer from malware and from hackers by ensuring data security.
Here are important tips to protect your computer from virus infection:
Install antivirus software: There are several paid and free antivirus software for you to download and install. Antivirus software will detect any virus infection and quarantine or delete them. However, if the antivirus is not installed with the latest updates, you may still be vulnerable to virus infection. The best option enables the automatic update option in your antivirus software so that your virus definitions are automatically updated whenever the vendor releases an update.
Do not open attachments or hyperlinks: In today’s digital world, you may be receiving a lot of unsolicited junk email messages. Most of these email messages are embedded with hyperlinks or attachments that can install a virus or harmful software. Therefore, ensure that you never open attachments or click hyperlinks in unsolicited email messages.
Keep your windows up-to-date: Microsoft regularly provides updates and security patches for Windows. Ensure that you diligently install the security updates as and when they are available.
Install Windows Defender: Microsoft provides a free anti-malware solution called Windows Defender to protect your computer from malware, such as virus, worms, and Trojan.
Enable firewall: Most of the operating systems, such as the Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Apple Macintosh, has an inbuilt firewall to protect from threats and attacks, such as a virus. Ensure that you correctly configure and enable the firewall so that your data and information is secured.
Uninstall irrelevant software: There are several third-party software that may make your computer vulnerable to threats. Therefore, identify the irrelevant software in your computer and uninstall them.
Install reputed browsers and keep it up-to-date: There are several malware threats in the cyber world. Web browser is one of the major gateway for these malware to reach your computer. Therefore, it is important to use a reputed web browser inbuilt with adequate security features. Additionally, ensure to keep your web browser up-to-date.