This just had some basic tips in order to avoid malware issues. Most of it is common knowledge but just some key points:
- Install anti-malware programs on the computer. More than one can be beneficial since different programs update at different times so one might not catch something that another would. Also, make sure they are always fully updated.
- Use strong passwords. The article recommends passwords at least 14 characters long but even longer is better. Stronger passwords use upper and lowercase letters, non-alphabetic characters, and tend not to follow a recognizable pattern.
- Don’t be tricked. Possibly the most important piece of information contained in the article had nothing to do with technology. If something online doesn’t seem safe, odds are that it isn’t and a good amount of the time things that do seem relatively safe can still contain malware. Knowing this, one of the most effective strategies is to distrust any unknown sites, downloads, or links and hopefully whatever anti-malware software is installed can filter out anything that might slip by.