Protect Your Computer from Viruses and Other Security Hazards

Every business owner knows that viruses and spyware can destroy data and software, which can be expensive if not impossible to replace. Not to mention company downtime. Believe it or not such a catastrophe can be easily—and usually inexpensively—prevented by installing and maintaining security software.

Viruses, spyware, or other potentially unwanted software can try to install themselves on your computer any time you connect to the Internet. The worst culprits are music, video, game, and art files. But any software can infect your computer when you use a CD, DVD, flash drive, or other removable media.

Some Common Computer Security Terms You Should Know

Antispam: The prevention of unsolicited electronic mail or text messages that are simultaneously sent to a large number of e-mail addresses or mobile phones.

Firewall: A computer system that isolates another computer from the Internet in order to prevent unauthorized access.

Malware: Software intended to damage a computer, mobile device, computer system, or computer network, or to take partial control over its operation.

Phishing: To try to obtain financial or other confidential information from Internet users, typically by sending an email that looks as if it is from a legitimate organization, usually a financial institution, but contains a link to a fake website that replicates the real one.

Spyware: Software that is installed surreptitiously and gathers information about an Internet user’s browsing habits, intercepts the user’s personal data, etc., transmitting this information to a third party.

Windows Security Patching: Windows Update is a service offered by Microsoft, which provides updates for Windows components. The service provides different kinds of updates. Security updates or critical updates protect against vulnerabilities to malware and security exploits. Microsoft routinely releases security updates on the second Tuesday of each month (Patch Tuesday), but can provide them whenever a new update is urgently required to prevent a newly discovered or prevalent exploit targeting Windows users.

System administrators can configure Windows Update to install critical updates automatically so long as the computer has an Internet connection, without the user needing to install them manually, or even be aware that an update is required.

So What Is the Best Security Software Out There?

At this time we recommend two programs, each with their own merit:

  • AVG—Antivirus and antivirus only, no firewall, parental controls, etc.
  • Malwarebytes—The paid version will prevent spyware from being installed. The free version can only clean after the damage is already done.

These recommendations may change in the future, as there are many other solutions that may become better over time.

You should also have patch management software so you can control what patches get installed, in order to increase the stability of your PC and not install every single patch out there.

When (not if) you install approved Internet security software, accompanied by professional software monitoring and management, you’ll be protecting your company and your employees from a multitude of sins. You’ll be ensuring against loss of data, company downtime, and huge expenditures to repair a preventable crisis. And the peace of mind you’ll gain is priceless!

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