We get many occasions where clients computers get infected with some kind of virus, spyware or Mal-ware. generally these nasty little things can infect your computer while your browsing the internet… you may go onto a website that has been compromised and by you visiting that infected site if your computer is not properly protected then your computer may also get infected. This can be serious and not good as these nasty little things can do a range of things such as install malicious software on your computer which can steal your passwords, use your computer to send out spam by turning your computer into a zombie.
Things to do to protect yourself:
We recommend to install and update the following two, free programs then run live scans at least once per week to keep their computers clean…
- Malwarebytes Anti-Malware – https://www.malwarebytes.org/mwb-download/thankyou/
- AVG AntiVirus Free – http://free.avg.com/gb-en/homepage
Keep passwords strong
Most often email accounts are compromised as users have weak passwords. Creating strong passwords for all your online accounts is not a thing that should be done it is an imperative. In brief these are the important things to note.
- Length. Make your passwords at least eight (8) long.
- Complexity. Include a combination of at least three (3) upper and/or lowercase letters, punctuation, symbols, and numerals. The more variety of characters in your password, the better.
- Variation. Change your passwords often. Set an automatic reminder to update passwords on your email, banking, and credit card websites every three months.
- Variety. Don’t use the same password for everything. Cyber criminals can steal passwords from websites that have poor security, and then use those same passwords to target more secure environments, such as banking websites.