Computers and laptops aren’t susceptible to viruses per se. In fact, it’s the user who opens up the computer/laptop to viruses by opening files and programs from a questionable source. If you’re a Mac owner, you’re safe from viruses because hackers target PC users alone.
Protect your computer/laptop from a virus through the following:
- First and foremost, the World Wide Web is both a friend and a foe. Treat it like New York with its many boroughs. You like Manhattan while you are on the fence with the Bronx. You get the idea?
- Choose a virus protection program and install it in your laptop. Have several layers of security installed as well. Scan your laptop for viruses on a weekly basis. Set you ant-virus program to run as soon as you turn on your laptop.
- Run your traveling disk through a virus check before plugging it into your laptop. If you choose to leave your laptop behind when you travel and opt for your USB to save files from another source, say, an Internet café, you are in a real danger of acquiring viruses from this place which can get transferred into your USB and finally, into your laptop.
- Love taking pictures using your digital camera? To avoid viruses getting into your laptop, have your photos saved on a CD from the photo developer, then when your camera’s memory card has been returned to you, reformat the same to scale down the likelihood of viruses.
- Be very wary of downloading files from questionable websites, file-sharing websites, or from people you don’t know. These include chat rooms, message boards, proxy servers, and news groups.
- Read from your email from an email host that has up-to-date virus protection.
- Clear your cache and cookies regularly.
- Defragment your laptop.
- Do not open suspicious files and be wary of opening files with extensions like pif. .exc or scr. There’s a very big chance of it being a virus.
- Empty your recycle bin.
- Never ever set your computer to auto-launch files, updates, web pages, security checks, and cookies.
- Buy a quality anti-spyware program and set up a firewall.
- Read up about viruses and worms and how they get into your computer. Knowledge is power.
- A non-Microsoft operating system is less vulnerable to viruses so you might want to try one out.
- Do not lend your laptop to anyone. Do not leave it lying around either as anyone can just access your computer, plug in their USB, download files and images without your permission, and leave your laptop a hotbed of viruses, in one fell swoop.
- Do not share your USB or floppy disks.
- Have it regularly checked by a technician. It’s best to have it checked from the store you bought it from.
- Keep a back-up of your files, just in case. Save your important files to a CD or a USB.
To really protect your laptop, trust your common sense. You may have the best virus protection and layers upon layers of security but your laptop’s first line of defense is still you, its owner.