Don`t Assume You`re Not At Risk
Every computer, regardless of its operating system, is vulnerable to attack. While anti-virus cannot protect against all types of malware, the security of your computer is enhanced substantially when anti-virus software is installed, up to date, and working properly.
Download Only From Trusted Sources
Obtain security software only from known, trusted sources and vendors. It is a common ploy of cybercriminals to pretend to be selling anti-virus programs that are in fact malware. We list several trusted sources for anti-virus solutions at the end of this newsletter.
Keep Your Software Current
Make sure you have the latest version of your anti-virus product installed and that it is set to update automatically. Check the status of the signature updates periodically to make sure they are current.
Don`t Delay Updates
If your computer has been offline or powered off for a while, your anti-virus will most likely need an update when you turn it back on or reconnect it to the internet. Do not postpone these updates.
Scan Additional Devices
Makes sure your anti-virus automatically scans portable devices, such as USB sticks, when you plug them into your computer.
Track Warnings And Alerts
Pay attention to the onscreen warnings and alerts generated by your anti-virus software. Most alerts include the opinion of clicking on a link to get more information or a recommendation about what to do next. At the office, write down the alert messages and contact your computer help desk or security team.
Don`t Disable The Software
Do not disable your security software because you feel it is slowing down your computer, blocking a website, or preventing you from installing an app or program. Disabling your anti-virus will expose your computer to unnecessary risk and could result in a serious security incident. If problems persist, replace your anti-virus with another product.
Install One Program Only
Do not install multiple anti-virus programs on your computer at the same time. Doing so many leave your computer with less protection instead of providing more protection.
Consider A Security Suite
Understand that anti-virus cannot protect your computer against all threats. We recommend you install a security suite that includes additional tools, such as a firewall, browser protection, and advanced security features.