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Anti Virus Top Tips

Summary

Some pointers and hints to stop you succumbing to viruses, worms and other malware;

Content

  • Install an antivirus product – some of the free ones work well, but they do fail as well. Check out independant reviews and be prepared to re-review what you use on a regular basis.

  • Keep your antivirus definitions up to date.

  • Make sure you don’’t invalidate products such as Microsoft windows, office etc. by installing illegal software. Security updates are essential and are often prevented by the failure of Microsoft validation during updates etc.

  • Dont use bittorrent etc. to download illegal software, music, images etc. – they are frequently infected with the latest and greatest viruses and malware.

  • Try not to run your accounts with administrative privileges, it may be a pain to type in an admin userid and password when installing software / hardware etc., but it does reduce the risk of major system compromise.

  • Take regular backups, and make sure that you have valid system restore points if possible.

  • Set your antivirus program to scan all removable media on insertion.

  • Set your antivirus to make sure that emails are scanned as you receive them – not a few seconds after you’’ve opened them.

    Most of all – be vigilant and use common sense.

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