Tips on How to Spot and Avoid Internet Dangers
Know what you are downloading and be sure that you know where a flash drive has been before inserting it into your USB drive.
Be Cautious of Email
Try to avoid opening attachments that end in .exe, .com and .vbt extensions. It is safe practice to delete e-mails from unknown sources and never download an attachment or follow hyperlinks in an e-mail from an unknown source. As they can lead to sites that will infect the computer with malware.
Install Antivirus Software
Antivirus software can identify if your computer has been infected, and inoculate a virus if you happen to let a virus slide past. Nex-Tech SecureIT provides virus protection for as low as $2.95 a month.
Knowing which viruses are going around is an important part of protecting your computer. Check antivirus and other reputable computer websites to stay informed on the latest ones.
List of threats A - Z, from Symantec
Don’t Be Fooled by Hoaxes
Be wary of emails that ask you to take specific actions to supposedly help.
Always Back Up
In the event that you do get a virus or your hard drive crashes, if your system and data is backed up, the damage will be lessened. Nex-Tech offers OnlineBackup services for as low as $3.95 a month.