Defending a computer from malware

From influencing elections to robbing bank accounts clean, it seems that hackers and malware are everywhere in today’s day and age. With the rise in danger from computer hackers, keeping the computer and all the information that it contains safe from this threat is more and more important.

Viruses and ransomware, attacks that hold a computer hostage until hackers are paid, are on the rise and defending against these attacks is often easier than one might think. By using a little common sense and following some steps, the computer and the info can be kept safe.

Tips to keep personal info safe

Keep backups on and offline: Keeping the information and data offline on a flash drive or external harddrive is a good way to have all the info close at hand. This can take the form of a USB drive or a network attached storage, and by plugging it into the computer, all the stolen data can be recovered.

Be sure to keep the backup updated every couple of months or weeks at least, and even make a backup of the backup if it’s needed. Be sure to keep the backup safe and don’t lose it or misplace it, putting it with other important documents or items in a secure area is a good place for storage.

Online backups can protect against computers breaking and other hardware problems, but won’t help against software attacks. Still, being able to access files from any computer has its benefits. Other paid versions allow for automatic backups that scan for infected files and don’t sync them.

Malware monitoring

Keep on backing up

Malware monitoring and working with backups can help keep the personal and professional information of computer users safe, and ensure that users aren’t permanently crippled by an unsuspected malware attack