Most people are familiar with the term “computer virus,” but they don’t know malware, which is short for malicious software, can be considered a computer virus.
Programs and files that cause damage to computers or networks are known as malware, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Here we shall discuss the best way to protect your computer from malware. Below are a few guides to help you with this:
Keep your computer's software up-to-date.
Windows applications, in particular, often have security patches that prevent zero-day attacks when they are updated. However, updating Windows software alone is not enough. Most of the software packages on your computer should be up-to-date.
Software should be purchased rather than pirated.
The use of pirated software can be dangerous due to the presence of malware. Furthermore, you cannot get crucial updates from the software vendor if you are using a pirated version, which leaves you vulnerable to attacks.
Always have an antivirus program.
It might sound cliché, but it's perhaps the most useful piece of advice we can give you about your computer's health. To keep your files safe from infection, you need an antivirus program on your computer.
The free versions are generally good, so you don't need to purchase one. Microsoft already has a very efficient antivirus program called Windows Defender which you can download for free. Some level of protection is also provided by free versions of commercial applications. Regarding antimalware systems, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Be wary of free things.
There are a lot of scammers on the internet who like to use deals that seem too good to be true as their tool of choice. Using email, they will, for example, send phishing campaigns that invite victims to click on links that infect their computers with malware when clicked.
Don't fall for free "iPhone scams" or unreasonably discounted goods, especially if you receive information via e-mail.
Check the website security details that you visit.
Some sites are not secure and will either infect your computer or steal important information from you. Start by checking the SSL certificate to see if the site is secure. If the site starts with HTTPS and not HTTP, it is secure. This “S” in HTTPS stands for secure.