Sometimes we like to learn the hard way

For many, technology can represent a scary unknown. Some of us have been online for years while others are just getting online for the first time. Whether you are new to the Internet or have been online for years make sure you understand the dangers lurking in the shadows. In many cases, ignorance can be bliss. For an increasing many however, that bliss can turn into a nightmare when the unthinkable happens: “I got a virus!”

So what is a virus you ask? A virus is a program which infects your computer for any number of reasons. A virus may look to destroy your information, steal your information, or even hijack your computer for illegal purposes. There is however one universal truth to all viruses. They want to spread!

If you fall victim to a virus, you won’t likely be the only victim. Your friends, co-workers, and anyone else who may have any contact with you via the computer could be at risk. The good news is there are a few rules of thumb you can use to save yourself the agony and embarrassment of contracting a computer virus.

Install an antivirus program

I know it seems simple but there are hundreds of thousands of computer which still don’t have antivirus protection. There are free options however they are usually far inferior. I recommend ESET NOD32 because of its ease of use, competitive price, and effectiveness.

Scan files prior to opening them

No matter how you receive a file, USB memory stick, CD/DVD, or email, scan the files prior to opening. Most antivirus programs will do this automatically for you.

Don’t ever open anything that seems suspicious

If you receive an email from a friend or associate that just doesn’t seem right call them to confirm they meant to send it. Viruses often use your address book and email program to spread.

The cost of an antivirus program is under $50.00 a year. The cost of having a technician clean your computer after you have been infected can run in the hundreds if not thousands and there is no guarantee that your data will be saved. So do yourself a favor and be proactive. Protect yourself, your friends, your family, and your co-workers. They will all thank you in the long run.

If you need antivirus protection, please call Jeremy McMaster at 905-628-6010 (ext 106). We have partered with the leader in antivirus protection (ESET NOD32) and can assist you with the installation either at your location or remotely through the Internet.

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