Anti-malware software is a type of program that continuously monitors on your computer, designed to prevent, detect and remediate malware-based code from running on your computer system.
Having a spam filter system in place with its blacklist database constantly up-to-date will eliminate a vast majority of harmful emails that would flood your inbox and greatly help towards the prevention of infection.
It is crucial to keep your anti-malware software up to date. The reason why this is so important is because thousands of new malware are released upon the internet on a daily basis, each containing a new unique digital signature. These signatures are what your anti-malware software uses to identify the malware. Each time your anti-malware software updates, the signature database is updated with all the latest signurates, allowing for newer malware to be detected on your system.
Keeping your operating system and applications up to date is also very important in the aid of protecting yourself and your computer system. Although most people consider updates to be functionality improvements, a main factor is infact security updates. These security updates patch and plug security holes within the software that have been discovered, which could lead to your system being comprimised if exploited.
Also, make sure to keep your browser update to date as the above applies, as well as the plugins you use such as Adblockers, Java, etc.
Backup your files
Doing regular back-ups on an external device such as an USB external hard drive can be both effortless and effective in the protection and recovery of your files. This is especially aimed towards sensitive files and files of high importance.
All the above with aid you greatly in the protection against becoming infected with malware. However, the number one factor in the prevention and protection on this matter is general self-awareness when using the computer. This is the first and foremost important layer of security anyone can have. By this I mean avoid clicking on pop-up advertisements, don’t visit areas of the internet you know you shouldn’t, use legitimated sources and mostly, stay away from any illegal activates. Follow your gut instinct; if something doesn’t look right, seems too good to be true or doesn’t feel right, stay away.
In the unfortunate case you’re computer becomes infected with malware, head over to our ‘Recovering from infection‘ page for more information.