PandaLabs has released a report which details that malware detections in 2014 were double from the previous year and that the trend may indicate that 2015 will be even worse according to an article on BetaNews.com.
They state “In total there were more than 75 million new malware samples detected, and Panda Security — the firm behind PandaLabs — recorded an average of 200,000 new strains of malware each day.”
So how can you protect yourself? Short of unplugging from the internet, you can help decrease your odds of getting malware by:
- Use a modern operating system such as Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, or Server 2012 R2 – If you are using older operating systems such as Windows XP, or Server 2003, it’s time to upgrade! If using an Apple machine, upgrade to Mac OS X Yosemite. Linux and others should also be the latest releases.
- Keep the updates and patches current on your operating system! Failure to keep current is almost like leaving your door unlocked when you leave home.
- Adobe products, Java and Microsoft Office should all have the latest updates and patches installed. Don’t delay installing these updates!
- More infections seem to occur to Internet Explorer users than alternative browser users. That could simply be due to the fact that more people use IE than any other browser, or there may be something to the fact that other browsers are rumored to be more secure. Google Chrome is our recommendation. If you use that, keep it current too!
- Utilize mainstream anti-virus. Our recommendation is Trend Micro for home or business.
- Use some common sense. When the phone rings and someone says they are calling from Microsoft and your computer is infected or could run faster if you just let them on your computer, don’t do it! Also, stop browsing sketchy sites, and stop opening links and attachments in email. You are not receiving a shipment with details in a word document or an excel spreadsheet, so don’t open it.
- Have professionals check over your computer regularly. A professional computer technician can make sure your system is up to date, install the latest patches, and scan for potential infections. They can also make recommendations for increasing security and perform those tasks for you.
If you think for a minute your computer may be infected, seek professional help. Computer repair shops like Greenville Virus Experts and Homeland Secure IT in Greenville SC can fix your computer quickly should you need virus cleanup or virus removal. Even if there is no virus on it, the peace of mind from having it checked might help you sleep better at night.
Call us at 864.326.4188 or use our CONTACT FORM for more information! We can help with your personal computer or your business systems with full computer security support!