The internet is a wonderful place.
Almost all of us use it on a regular basis for a multitude of functions.
Email helps us to keep in touch with family and friends all over the world, and most people have at least one email account.
The growing use of digital cameras and smart phones means that we can send pictures at the click of a button.
Streaming platforms have become increasingly popular, and we can listen to music or watch a video with extreme ease.
For many of us, the internet and social media platforms is even how we consume our news.
All of this is great, and the convenience of it all is why the internet has become part of our daily lives.
Unfortunately, there is a downside to all of this increased use of the internet. That is the growth of the spread of viruses.
Originally, internet hackers were satisfied keeping their attentions focused on government and business websites, and their viruses were intended to attack corporations. Most hackers saw this as a challenge.
However, there is now an increasing trend towards home computer users being targeted by these attacks. The amount of damage that can be caused by a virus varies, but there are some precautions and steps that a person can take to help increase their internet security.
Your main focus as far as keeping your computer free from viruses is to have up-to-date antivirus software running on your computer. You need to make regular checks to ensure that your software is updated, and to scan your entire computer for viruses.
How do you do this?
We can help. Contact Micro-IT and speak with our team about the cyber security toolkit we have set up starting at $20 a month, where we have the ability to monitor this for you 24/7!
In order to maintain your internet security, we recommend you be extremely cautious about the type of files that you open or download. The majority of viruses are actually spread through email attachments.
Having these on your computer and in your inbox is not the danger; the real danger is when you open the attachment. It may not be obvious that anything has happened when you first open the attachment containing the virus, quite often they appear blank. The damage is caused by the program that is activated within the attachment.
If you do not know and trust the person who has sent you the attachment, delete the email.
The good news is that even if you were to happen to open one of these links or attachments, all you need to do is give us a call and our team will have you back to safety within minutes.