IT Alert : How to Protect Your Computer from Virus
In the present era of Technology, every human being is using Information Technology in different forms. It may be a Personal Computer or Cell Phone or Tab etc. it is such a difficult task to prevent your devices from various viruses, spyware, malware, Adware, worm etc. we will try to update you here for upcoming and existing security threats and cyber attacks. Which helps you to keep your system safe over the web. Here are the common terminologies used in IT sector.
A unknown code causes damage to your computer either by deleting or corrupting files. A virus can also interface with device operations by multiplying itself to fill up disk space or randomly access memory space, secretly infecting your device. Often viruses are disguised as games, images, email attachments, website URLs, shared files or links or files in instant messages.
Spyware is malicious computer program that does exactly what its name implies-i.e., spies on you. After downloading itself onto your computer either through an email you opened, website you visited or a program you downloaded, spyware scans your hard drive for personal information and your internet browsing habits. Some spyware programs contain key loggers that will record personal data you enter in to websites, such as your login username and passwords, email addresses, browsing history, online buying habits, your computer’s hardware and software configurations, your name, age, sex, as well as sensitive banking and credit information.
Malware is short for malicious software. Malware is a broad term that encompasses computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, spyware, adware, and others. Malware is designed to interface with normal computer operation, usually giving hackers a chance to gain access to your computer and collect sensitive personal information.
Adware is any software that, once installed on your computer, tracks your internet browsing habits and sends you popups containing advertisements related to the sites and topics you’ve visited. While this type of software may sound innocent, and even helpful, it consumes and slows down your computer’s processor and internet connection speed. Additionally, some adware has keyloggers and spyware built into the program, leading to greater damage to your computer and possible invasion of your private data.
A worm is a type of virus that spreads through your computer by creating duplicates of itself on other drives, systems and networks. One feature that makes worms so dangerous is that they can send copies of themselves to other computers across a network via email, an infected webpage, and instant messages.
Best practices to protect against viruses, spyware, adware, malware, worms
To protect yourself from such attacks, it is best to educate yourself and avoid these programs all together• Don’t download files from unknown sources, including from your email or the web.
• Scan all new files with viruses-scanning software before opening.
• Don’t download an attachment (e.g., pictures, games, electronic greetings) unless it’s from someone you know.
• Be careful when downloading free or peer-to-peer files, especially music files and media sharing programs. Read the licensing agreements to understand exactly what you’re downloading. Many popular applications include spyware components, and some applications won’t work without those components.
• Don’t download any programs from websites you don’t trust.
• Protect your computer with a firewall, Antivirus etc.