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Malware - Donít Let Your Guard Down

Malware Monday may have passed with less of a problem than anticipated, but that doesn't mean you should let down your guard. Malware - or malicious software - can still be spread rather easily, and not just from opening email attachments.

In fact, some antivirus software makers estimate that up to 80% of malware is spread today by visiting legitimate websites (that have been hacked) and not by questionable websites or email attachments.

How to Protect Yourself
The most important thing to do is keep your security software up to date. If you donít have security software installed on your computers, then please call eNet Systems today at 281-403-9561.

You may also want to consider security software for your mobile devices. In addition to security software like antivirus software, anti spyware software and firewalls, you should update your operating system and internet browser regularly.

Avoid Malware
Scam artists try to trick people into clicking on links that will download malware and spyware to their computers, especially computers that don't use adequate security software. To reduce your risk of downloading unwanted malware and spyware:
  • Keep your security software updated. At a minimum, your computer should have anti-virus and anti-spyware software, and a firewall. Set your security software, internet browser, and operating system (like Windows or Mac OS) to update automatically.
  • Don't click on any links or open any attachments in emails unless you know who sent it and what it is. Clicking on links and opening attachments Ė even in emails that seem to be from colleagues, friends or family Ė can install malware on your computer.
  • Download and install software only from websites you know and trust. Downloading free games, file-sharing programs, and customized toolbars may sound appealing, but free software can come with malware.
  • Minimize "drive-by" downloads. Make sure your browser security setting is high enough to detect unauthorized downloads. For Internet Explorer, for example, use the "medium" setting at a minimum.
  • Use a pop-up blocker and don't click on any links within pop-ups. If you do, you may install malware on your computer. Close pop-up windows by clicking on the "X" in the title bar.
  • Resist buying software in response to unexpected pop-up messages or emails, especially ads that claim to have scanned your computer and detected malware. That's a tactic scammers use to spread malware.
  • Talk about safe computing. Tell your colleagues and employees that some online actions can put the computer at risk: clicking on pop-ups, downloading "free" games or programs, opening chain emails, or posting personal information.
  • Back up your data regularly. Whether it's text files or photos that are important to you, back up any data that you'd want to keep in case your computer crashes.
That's not all.
We've got many more practical tips to help you detect and remove malware ... read them now on the eNet Systems website.

Note: this information (which has been modified slightly) has been provided by the On Guard Online website.

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