Defensive Line: 3 ways to keep your computer malware free

Malware – we keep talking about it, because the problem keeps getting worse. The first Ransomware for Mac was spotted sometime in February, and Apple has recently added detection of KeRanger (that’s the name of the new enemy) to its anti-malware definitions in OS X. You can find more technical information here, but you don’t need to know how it works to protect yourself from it.

Here are 3 ways to keep your computer malware free:

Step 1 – Cybersecurity: Install antivirus with active monitoring software. This will keep track of what’s coming into your computer and alert you of files that seem suspicious. On top of that you can layer anti-malware and anti-ransomware programs that specifically look for these types of attacks. If you need help choosing antivirus, anti-malware, or anti-ransomware software, contact your local tech support team.

Step 2 – Back It Up: Backing up your system is like going to the dentist, nobody wants to do it, but it saves you a lot of money and time in the long run. The nice thing is, backing up your system is rarely physically painful, and you can do it in your bunny slippers. There are lots of options for backing up files. Take a look at our earlier blog on the subject.
Some of them are even automated, so once you set it up, the backup happens at the same time every day or week without you having to do anything except leave your computer on.

Step 3 – I know I said you didn’t have to know malware works to protect yourself from it, but it can’t hurt to know your enemy. At very least, it’s a good idea to keep informed of the ways that malware can enter your computer so that you can use common sense solutions to recognize when something looks fishy.

When in doubt, call your local tech support team for help or contact Technology Solutions at 207-368-2880

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