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The Most Common Ways to Get a Virus

Posted on July 26, 2016.

Computer viruses have been with us seemingly for as long as there have been computers. It’s one of the first things you’re warned about when you begin to use a computer. Most likely, there won’t ever be a time when computer viruses do not exist, so taking preventative measures to combat them is smart. Below are some of the most common ways that users can get malicious software.

 

Not Using Antivirus/Antimalware Software

Second to none, surfing the Web without antivirus protection is the fastest way to get an infection. Trusting that the sites you visit to be secure will leave your PC completely dependent on the due diligence of others—which is foolish. This also leaves your system completely exposed to malware, Trojan horses, and other nasty intruders that might not have any visible traces or cues. Installing both good antivirus and antimalware programs—and keeping them up-to-date—could be the difference between keeping your PC and shopping for a new one.

Not Using a Firewall

For businesses both big and small, firewalls can be of great value. Based on a set of rules, a firewall is a tool used to filter Web traffic, and it can be either hardware- or software-based. Both Windows and macOS computers have effective, built-in firewall software, but a physical firewall device can offer much more security and protection. Installing and configuring these devices can be a bit tricky, so don’t hesitate to contact us if this sounds like a tool you would like to utilize for your business.

Ignoring Updates

Just like antivirus software, the other programs you use need to be updated regularly. While it can be a bother to stop what you’re doing to install updates, it’s always best to just get it out of the way—especially when it comes to updating the operating system. Keeping your system and all of its software up to date is an easy way to protect yourself.

 

Malicious and harmful software, such as malware, viruses, and ransomware, are always changing and evolving. Therefore, the best way to safeguard your computer is to be both proactive and reactive. Making sure you’re secure before your equipment is compromised and having solutions should an infection occur, is the best course of action for you and your business.