Antivirus? or Anti Bad-users?
As a techie, I see many things, I fix lot’s of stuff and train people on how to avoid getting viruses. It’s not really their fault they get viruses, ok technically it is, but it’s not their fault they do not know how to protect themselves from them, because no one is teaching them or they just don’t want to waste time learning. I don’t blame them. however, in this world of cyber-criminality, they are the prime targets. The viruses on the internet are no longer “iloveu” or Hello world! pop ups. They are phishing scams, scare ware, mal-ware meant to steal your info, data, and or money. The hackers (Hackers in this definition is equal to Cyber-criminals) Make this a harder world to live in, and just like living in New York, you must know how to be safe. That, or you’ll be getting a visit from me soon, and it won’t be to have a cup of tea.
(note, you may notice the font a bit smaller and different in today’s post, i wrote this while i was offline, so i just cut and pasted and didn’t bother to change anything.)
So, how to protect yourself. First, rule number 1, make sure your windows, Linux and Mac OS is up to date. I cannot stress the importance of that. In windows Vista and 7, to check if you are up to date, click start, then in the search feature generously provided to you by Microsoft, type “windows update” click on shortcut provided and wamoo! it’ll tell you what you need to know. In Windows XP. You click Start, Control Panel, Security Center, and Windows Updates. In Linux, it’s much easier, Open Terminal, type “sudo apt-get update” then after it asks for password, type “sudo apt-get upgrade” done. On Mac OS, Click the Apple on Top Left Corner, click Software Updates. Follow instructions provided.
Now, is this enough to protect you? No! We are just getting started. Next you must realize you need Antivirus and Malware protection. Do i have to pay for this protection? No! Stop asking dumb questions! ok sorry for getting mad there, i tend to do that when people pay for software, just remember, anything i show you, will be free and legal. Always. I think…. anyway, for windows users, http://www.avast.com/index and http://www.malwarebytes.org/ should protect you enough, just make sure you update regularly the programs themselves and run a scan once a month. For Linux Users, I also recommend Avast. It only scans when you tell it to. So bummer, but you can still protect yourself there, Avast has a nice Linux version of their software. And for Mac OS, i recommend this free software. http://www.sophos.com/products/free-tools/free-mac-anti-virus/ So ha! Even Mac Users need security.
So is this all? No, you also need to Geek up! Learn how to avoid getting viruses in the first place! Follow these rules and your chances of getting infected go down 50% instantly!
1. Never click on ads, never, go to their website by typing it in if you really are interested.
2. Never answer Suspicous emails asking for password and usernames.
3. Don’t trust internet video players that ask you to install a codec to view a video of something.
4. Don’t ever, play online mini games, these are playgrounds for viruses. if you want to play games, buy them, or download games, but don’t play online mini games. They can give you viruses, no matter how fun they are. If you do still want to play, only play from Reputable Web Sites. Even then, it’s still not safe.
5. Don’t use Facebook or Myspace or Twitter, they not only share friends, but also, you guessed it, viruses. Not only that, these sites allow you to get easily hacked. Trust me, it’s not that hard to get your password if someone really wanted it.
6. The smilie icons or wallpapers websites. Don’t even go there. Not worth it.
7. Use Firefox and it’s add-ons. For example. http://www.mywot.com is an excelent tool for safe web site surfing. (works with firefox) there are many others available for free, that allow you to surf the web freely and safely.
8. Stay away from Internet Explorer. (the best browser to download another browser). It is the most popular web surfer out there, and most Black-hat hackers, will got after it. Use Google chrome, Firefox, Opera, or even Chromium. Don’t follow the crowd, especially if they are in line for the tech repair shop.
9. Java and adobe. Sometimes fake popups tell you, “You need to update Adobe/Java! Click here” wam! you clicked a on virus. If you want to really check. Go to the official websites. Don’t be too lazy to type. Go there and update it yourself. The only way to be sure if it’s true.
10. When you get a popup saying you need to update your antivirus, make sure it actually belongs from your antivirus. get to know your AV (anti-virus) If it looks suspicious, don’y click on it. Close it by “ALT + F4” and not clicking on the red x.
11. Also, just get smart about what your computer looks like and what buttons you have on there. If for some reason you start seeing things that weren’t there before. They don’t belong there. Get rid of them! How? Google it.
12. Don’t have your Web browser filled with “Web Accelerators” and “Toolbars” (more appropriately called, “Web Slower thingies” and “Foolbars” get rid of the ones you don’t need, they are slowing you down.
13. And lastly, don’t download illegal stuff, hacks or keygens and such, they will be trouble in the long run than it’s worth.
Those are my 13 Tips on getting Computer Smart and I hope this has been of some benefit to someone. These are just “some” of the common practices to living with a machine in your house. Remember, a computer only does what you tell it to do. I always tell people who get viruses it’s not their fault. But it usually is.