How To Protect Your Computer From Malware – Trend Micro

Protecting your computer and personal devices from malware requires both ongoing personal vigilance, and help from professional security companies Nowadays malware doesn't just target your home computers, but also the mobile devices that you and your family are using, and the problem is bigger than you might think

Last year, an average of 80 million malware attacks were observed in the United States every month, and as a whole, the US is the target of more than half of all malware attacks in the world You can be a victim of a malware attack through your web browsers, email, the social networks you use, instant messaging, and downloaded files Your device, can be infected through almost any online process, or even a friend's USB stick So it's important to use a security program that can provide complete proactive protection, helping you before you get infected Tran Micro Security for your PC or Mac, or Trend Micro mobile Security for your Android or iOS mobile device may be just the solution you're looking for

Even if you are using a security program, here are few ways to keep your devices from getting infected and from spreading malware Secure your network Malware protection starts on your home networks and moves out from there Make sure that your network router is password protected and that you are not using the factory supplied default password Ensure that you have a firewall installed and running on every computer that you use to prevent unauthorized access

A secure network is not a first step to protecting your computers, but will also protect the mobile devices that connect to your home network Avoid spam While on the internet, don't open spam of any kind Remember, spam isn't just emails in your junk mail, it can also be private messages, pop up windows on websites, or adds in your social media feeds Malware spams can also stop independently from you computer

Remember the recent Microsoft tech support phone scam? Variants not only wanted your money, but also to gain control of your computer by installing remote control software in the guise of helping you Be cautious of any unsolicited tech support of this both, on, and offline Parental Controls, it is important to have open conversations with your kids and build trust with them But you should also set up parental controls on each device used in your family's network environment Make sure that only administrators can install new software on the device, and limit guest user internet access if at all possible

Passwords in web browsers, regardless of the user do not save passwords in your web browser Using a password manager is more secure and adds an extra layer of protection Trend Micro Password Manager is bundled with Trend Micro Maximum or Premium security on your PC or can be downloaded and installed separately on your PC, Mac, Android, or IOS device If you don't currently have a password manager, watch our video, how secure is your password, the tips on creating a secure password Keep programs upto date

Make sure that you keep all your devices updated to help secure them from attacks that exploit vulnerabilities on your system This includes your operating systems, security programs, web browser, and plugins like Java, Adobe flash, and Acrobat, or video players like Windows Media Player and Quick Time By implementing these five tips, you've taken the first steps to protecting yourself from malware attacks on your PC and mobile devices

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