Malware is an acronym for malicious software which includes spyware and viruses that can obstruct the normal functioning of a computer, mobile devices and phone when they enter the device. Unfortunately, they can enter your laptop without your knowing it or authorization. Malware can do a lot of damages to your computer. It can crash your hard disk or destroy files. Besides, scammers can use it to monitor and control your online operations. There are malware applications that can trap your personal information including your account details and send the criminals that created them. It is therefore important that you avoid malware from entering into your computer even if you have the best anti-malware and anti-virus protection. Here are some tips to apply in order to reduce the risk of malware entering into your laptop.
- Ensure that you install strong security software and always update it: Whether you are surfing the internet on regular basis or you are just using laptop to store personal information, it is important that you install strong anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall software in your system. Ensure that it is always updated. Set it in automatic update so that anytime you enter online, it will update itself.
- Avoid clicking on links in your email: You should avoid clicking on links sent to your via email. The best thing to do is to type the URL directly on your browser. Internet criminals are very skillful when it comes to cloning other businesses' links and websites. They will send you emails including links that look very similar to the links of a trusted company. If you click on the links, what you are downloading may be a dangerous malware that crash your computer. You will avoid that by just typing the URL directly.
- Don't open attachments that come with spam email: If you are among those that read spam emails, you should avoid opening attachments that come with those junk emails. In fact, it is advisable that you delete any email that you don't know the source. You can only read emails from a reliable sources. If you are such of the sender of any email and you open the email, do not download any attachment that comes with the email unless you are sure of the email.
- Be careful of free software: Nowadays, there are a number of games, useful software and applications that are available for free. But you should not be very quick in downloading them. If you want to download any free application or software, make sure that it is from a reliable sources.
- Have a data back up: Have a back up for files and documents stored in your laptop that are very important to you. In case your laptop become infested with the malware, you will not suffer lost of data.
- Don't buy software impulse or in response to any unexpected emails or pop-up messages
- Educate your children or any person using your system on safe computing.
The above are some of the tips you should apply in order to avoid malware from entering into your laptop or computer.