Avoiding Malware on the Web

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

Seems like I see more and more malware on the web and on systems that get brought in the shop. I don't want to go into fixing those as we have already covered that topic in other entries; this post is about avoiding them in the first place.

Here are a few simple tips to keep you safe on the web: 

1. Anti-virus software

Keep your anti-virus software up to date.

2. Search

Keep safe search on. All of the major search engines have a safe search option, and the difference in search results is huge when it is turned on.  There are lots of ways that a search you are doing can lead to things you do not want to see.

3. Browser Toolbars

Please stay away from them as much as you can, unless they are from a company you trust.

4. Shopping

If you want to shop on the web (~ I do it a lot), please be sure of the pages you are going to. Lots of these webpages are full of viruses or malware in ad banners and pop ups.

5. Online ads 

Speaking of pop ups or pop unders - the majority of these are bad news. Trust me, you are not the 10,000th visitor and you have not won an island.

6. Special offers 

Lastly, if it looks too good to be true, then it probably is. An iPad for $27, just put in your CC info? I think not! The chances of that being real are slim to none, but the chances that they will steal your CC info are pretty good!

There are some bidding sites that are "legitimate" in the respect that they may not steal your info, but if you are going to use one, do the research first. Be aware of the scams as they are everywhere. Please be careful, and if you are not sure, ask a friendly tech, they will be happy to give you some tips!

Have a great weekend!