Tip #19 Don’t Let Your Computer Get Sick (Viruses)



Viruses are small software programs that perform malicious actions and are designed to systematically spread from one device to another. These programs can perform malicious tasks that include deleting data, replicating itself by spreading through emails to your contacts, etc.

Viruses are often received through email attachments from untrusted sources. It is essential that users do not open attachments from other users unless you know who it is from and are expecting an attachment.

To protect yourself from viruses it is important to keep your device up-to-date as well as downloading the latest antivirus definitions.

Things you can to to protect yourself from devices include:

  • Use a pop-up blocker
  • Don’t open email’s or attachments from untrusted sources.
  • Use an anti-malware app
  • Keep your operating system updated

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