As you continue to store increasingly sensitive information on your computers at home and work, you are sure to take notice when you hear of new anti-virus or anti-malware programs. You may even be offered additional cybersecurity programs as an upsell when you purchase or repair electronic devices. But don’t get talked into security measures you don’t need.
More Is Not Better, in Fact It Could Be Worse
Installing both a standard door lock and a deadbolt may be a better way to secure your home, but online security is far more complex. Installing multiple security programs on your laptop or desktop can cause a conflict, as they may be protecting and scanning for the same file changes. They may even view each other as a security threat. This can severely slow down your computer and increase the risk of a virus or malware going undetected.
Not All Security Programs Are the Same
It is also important to understand that there are different types of security programs. As a rule of thumb, each computer should have anti-virus protection, anti-malware protection and a firewall. And be sure to update and upgrade your programs regularly. This includes your Microsoft Office Suite.
Don’t Fall for Deceptive Marketing Ploys
There are numerous anti-malware and anti-virus programs to choose from, each of which finds timely and creative ways to market to consumers. For example, after the recent WannaCry hack, online marketing efforts for cybersecurity increased tenfold. You know, the little Pay-Per-Click ads that show up when you type something into Google? While these timely efforts hit a nerve, they failed to address the fact that it was actually a Windows software breach that anti-malware and anti-virus software could not have protected against.
Cleanup Your Computer at Least Once Each Year
Any program you install on your computer, including your cybersecurity programs, consumes computer resources. This means that running multiple programs for any use can create an unnecessary drag on your system. Odds are, you have at least one or two programs or applications you don’t use anymore. This is why it is a good idea to cleanup your computer at least once each year. Your IT professional can help you determine which programs you need to keep and which ones can go. Regular cleanups keep your computer running at optimal speeds, making it easier to detect when something is awry.
Signs You May Have a Virus or Malware
Even the best anti-virus and anti-malware programs on the market cannot provide you a 100 percent guarantee of protection. That means you must know what to look for. Here are the top ten signs you may have a virus or malware:
- Your computer is running slow.
- You’re seeing excessive pop-ups.
- Your computer is frequently crashing.
- You’ve found suspicious activity on your hard drive.
- Your hard drive has run out of space.
- There is unusually high network activity.
- You’ve seen unusual messages or prompts.
- You’re being automatically redirected to websites.
- Your cybersecurity program has been disabled.
- Friends or colleagues respond regarding communication you did not initiate.
Reach out to CMIT today to ensure your computers have the most effective and up-to-date cybersecurity solutions. We can design a custom security plan for both your computers and your data.
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