In 2013, there were approximately 82,000 malware threats per day, and the numbers have only grown since then. Viruses and malware on computers and other electronic devices can not only be detrimental to the device itself, they can worm their way through a whole network.
If you're concerned about viruses on your devices, there are a few simple ways you can avoid them. Here are five tips to help you keep your electronic devices safe!
Invest in Quality Antivirus Software
According to a recent report, over 20% of malware ever created was during the year 2013. But just as malware and viruses have evolved, so have antivirus web services. Pro-grade antivirus programs update frequently throughout the day, protect against a wider range of threats, and enable custom protective features.
Disable Auto Run
Many viruses work by attaching themselves to a drive and automatically installing themselves on any other media connected to that system. As a result, connecting any network drives, external hard disks, or even thumb drives to a system can result in the automatic propagation of such threats. So all of those programs that pop up upon starting your computer? They could be dangerous.
Don't Click Suspicious Links
Any IT support company will be able to tell you this. If a link looks suspicious, leave it alone. Received a strange notice from your internet or cable provider? Call them before you do anything to ensure that they did, in fact, send the message. If they didn't, send it straight to the trash.
Choose Apps Wisely
Just as your computer can suffer the effects of viruses, so too can your smartphone. As of June 2014, over 75 billion mobile apps had been downloaded from Apple's app store. If the app you want doesn't look credible, report it and do not put it on your phone.
Invest in Network Assessments
If you're running a network of computers, you should contact an IT support firm for regularly scheduled network assessments. These assessments can diagnose issues with your network of devices, as well as help you prevent dangerous situations in the future.
Keeping your devices safe should be your top priority. A shocking two million Adobe users employed unsecured passwords, such "123456," among others, which only serves to increase the risk of potential infection. Don't let your devices fall victim to viruses.