Every person who uses the Internet must take steps to ensure that their device and their data are safe. But with all of the products and programs out there today, it can be hard to know where to start.
Today, we are sharing short and sweet answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Internet security. If you are more of a visual learner, watch our latest Tech Tip video to follow along with Tech Expert Katie.
What is malware?
Malware, short for malicious software, is designed to infiltrate or damage a computer system without the owner’s consent. Malware is often distributed through email attachments, fake advertisements, and infected applications or websites. Once it finds a way in, it can be used to steal information, monitor user activity, and even extort money.
How can I prevent malware?
The most obvious way to prevent malware from destroying your device is to install anti-virus and anti-spyware software. But you can’t stop there; update your security tools regularly to make sure they are running properly. Other ways to prevent malware include using distinct, strong passwords for all accounts and setting spam filters to reduce unwanted emails.
How can I safely browse the Internet?
The most effective ways to stay safe on the Internet are often the simplest: Avoid questionable websites. Update your operating system regularly. Only download software from sites you trust. And again, invest in antivirus software.
The Internet can be a scary place. But armed with the right knowledge and tools, it can also be a safe one. That’s it for this edition of Tech Tips! Check back soon for another tip to make your technology work for you.