Almost all of us, at some point or another has had the experience of having to deal with malicious content on our computer; whether it be malware, spyware or another form of virus. At best it can be an annoying and time consuming task to remove it, at worst it can be detrimental to your computer and have a serious effect on your business.
Fear not, for here at Echo IT Towers we have collated our top 5 tips on preventing the hackers and spammers from causing havoc on your devices.
- Install Antivirus Software
Antivirus software is the first line of defence when protecting your devices from attack. A good antivirus software will work almost unnoticeably in the background protecting you from a multitude of attacks. Antivirus is an absolute must for all computers. Here at Echo IT we are partnered with the multi-award winning Eset antivirus which, in recent tests was shown to give 100% protection from malware.
To install ESET Antivirus on your device call us today:
- Keep Your Antivirus Up-To-Date
Ensuring you have antivirus software is vital but making sure it is up-to-date is as important. Your antivirus protection will usually expire after a 12-month period so to maintain protection it is essential that you update. The best antivirus companies will give you good notice when your subscription is close to expiring.
- Ensure Your OS is Current
In a recent post on our Facebook page we shared a video outlining the importance of keeping your operating system up to date. Microsoft software such as Office 2007, Windows XP and Windows Vista have all reached end of life. This means that there will be no new software updates available for them. As such you become more susceptible to viruses, spyware and other harmful software. It is recommended that you upgrade to the latest versions of Microsoft software which will allow you to receive the latest updates and maximum protection.
- Back Ups.
The importance of backing up your files cannot be stressed enough. A computer virus can corrupt files and delete data in a matter of moments. To avoid a catastrophe, you need to make sure that your data is backed up in at least three locations. Your place of work, another storage device and off-site would be recommended. At Echo IT we can offer numerous way of safely backing up your data including Offsite Backups, Online Backups and Cloud Management.
Email is one of the most common ways of getting a virus or ransomware. Once you click on a link provided in the email your computer can become infected. Therefore, it is vitally important to know the source of your email before opening it. Spoof emails can be crafted so well these days that it can make it very difficult to determine if it’s from a fraudulent source. One technique would be to scan every email as it comes in or in cases where it looks to be from a legitimate company you can click into the sending email to see the exact address that it’s coming from.