Questions & Answers
How do I safeguard against viruses?
To safeguard against viruses
- Only visit website’s you know and trust!
- Never download anything from unknown sources!
- Don’t open emails from unknown senders!
- Always check the email address emails where sent from not the display name your email address book has shown!
I know this doesn’t sound very helpful, sorry about that.
To safeguard against viruses, we need to understand what a virus is. It is a small amount of computer code, which can get placed on to your device. It is copied into your storage space or active memory and then activated to carry out a task.
The virus has been designed by someone to carry out a task which will activate without your choice. And this task can range from a small impact to quite destructive outcomes.
These activities can range from display a message on your device screen to format your storage area, removing information you want to keep, or more clandestine copy information across an internet link to their storage area, giving them your data.
The Best way to combat these problems is to install Antivirus software on to your device.
This will monitor your device and check for known viruses and vulnerabilities you device set up may have. Sometimes the way your device has been set up may increase the opportunities for viruses to get on to your device. If you set up leaves a configuration option not set this could allow any outside connection to have access to your device. The first line of defense could be setting a password.
Free Antivirus software is better than none.
A better solution is an Antivirus solution from a known professional software provider and select a solution you pay for. This is because viruses are being developed all the time, so keeping up to date is important.
Problems can come in different formats
- Viruses (software infections to cause damage)
- Malware (software infections to cause problems)
- Service attacks (requests to cause system overloads)
These unwanted actions don’t only affect your PC devices they can affect your infrastructure devices too, e.g. network devices such as routers, bridges, Wi-Fi, system servers.
Each section of your computer systems needs to be cared for. This is where your IT department or IT service provider will be needed to address these areas. Each needs its own specialist knowledge to combat these attacks.
Business need to safeguard against viruses
If you run a lot of computers and your systems are connected together you will need to keep this operation protected at a larger scale. Good providers will have enterprise solutions to assist you with this level of protection, system management and control.
With this kind of set up one device left unprotected could impact all the systems by introducing a vulnerability into your environment. So being able to check all devices can become a big task.
We use Norton by Symantec