We all have a general understanding of computer viruses. However, you need to be aware of a few lesser-known details about viruses.
A computer virus is a type of malicious code written to alter the way a computer operates. It is designed to spread from one computer to another – just like a real virus! Once it’s attached to a document, file, or program, the virus lies dormant until the program is executed. You could have a virus on your computer for a long time without ever knowing it! Yikes. When the virus is executed, it can spread to other computers on your network. Now, we’ve got a BIG problem. The virus can steal passwords, corrupt files, spam emails, or even take over your machine entirely.
In order to protect your machine and network, only download files or programs from websites you trust. ALWAYS exercise caution when opening links. If you’re not expecting an email attachment, don’t open one!
We also recommend that – while they might look boring – you read those security warnings and license agreements. They’re there for a reason and can save your system before ever downloading a file.
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Bonus Tip: Watch out for typos and make sure that the URL in the address bar does not seem fishy.