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What are the risks to having poor cybersecurity?

There are many risks, some more serious than others. Among these dangers are malware erasing your entire system, an attacker breaking into your system and altering files, an attacker using your computer to attack others, or an attacker stealing your credit card information and making unauthorized purchases. There is no guarantee that even with the […]

Use anti-spyware tools

Spyware is a common virus source, but you can minimize infections by using a program that identifies and removes spyware. But be sure not follow email links claiming to offer anti-spyware software, like email viruses, the links may serve the opposite purpose and actually install the spyware it claims to be eliminating. Purchase your protection […]

Know the signs of a malware infected device

If your browser is constantly freezing, you’re being redirected to suspicious websites or unfamiliar icons are showing up on your desktop, then you’re probably dealing with malware and will need a solution. Other signs of an infection include slow internet service, numerous pop-up ads and unexpected reboots.

Take advantage of blocking certain websites from your network

Let’s say you share a network with your employees or family members. If one person visits a risky website and infects their computer with malware, all other devices on the network will be at risk. To avoid this, use content/parental controls either at the browser level (easiest) or from within your router/gateway settings.

Use caution when plugging flash drives into your computer

Duqu, Flame and Stuxnet are specific types of malware that have spread via USB flash drives. Keep your computer safe by avoiding any unknown or strange drives. Rather than borrowing one from a friend or coworker, take the safer approach by purchasing a new drive from a trusted brand.   

Keep your firewall turned on at all times

A firewall is a grouping of filters that protects your computer from harmful traffic from the internet. Disabling your firewall can allow malware to infect any devices connected to the network. Do not disable the firewall from either your operating system or your router/gateway.