Documentation in this section covers computer security. Computer security practices are essential to the prevention of malware.
It is always wise to be careful anytime you plan to download and install anything on your computer. You should always scan it for viruses or malware before installing it but there are other basic security practices that should be followed. These practices will help reduce the chance of your system being compromised by unscruplous individuals or hostile software. This is because malware has been installed on victim\’s systems using computer hacking techniques which were for the most part automated.
These practices include:
- Always run a personal firewall on your computer when it is connected to the internet.
- Operate anti-virus software and keep the virus library definitions updated daily.
- Operate anti-spyware/anti-adware software on your computer.
- Educate yourself about how you can be tricked into running malware.
- Be careful with any email attachments you may open. Be sure who the sender is and scan attachments with a virus and spyware scanner before opening them.
- Use a internet browser that is configured to prevent many attacks and/or use a browser with a good security history.