Four easy ways to make your internet browsing experience safer

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At some point in our lives, most of us will get a computer virus from browsing the internet. Even if you don’t browse suspicious looking websites, or download lots of peer-to-peer files, you could be susceptible to online scams and viruses. Here are the top 4 easiest ways to avoid becoming a victim of the next clever virus that comes your way.

4) Ensure that your browser is safe: The most common way for viruses to access your computer is via your internet browser. Using the power of social networks, viruses can quickly spread from user-to-user, creating a massive web of interconnected bandwidth or processing power that a hacker can then use for his own nefarious purposes. If you don’t want this to happen to you, secure your browser by disabling auto-running Javascript instances, which are the most common culprits of online scams.

You should also frequently clean out your cookies and cache in order to get rid of junk files – which sometimes harbor viruses. At the very least, cleaning out these old, useless files will make your PC run faster.

3) Be smart about your e-mail: Another common way for viruses to spread is through e-mail. Simply opening an e-mail may be enough for a script to run on your computer. To outsmart these viruses, think twice before opening every e-mail. Even if you know that particular person, it could be that a virus has hijacked his or her e-mail account, sending infected messages out to every single contact. If the subject line looks suspicious, or offers you some random, free product, then you may not want to open it.

2) Remove Adobe Acrobat Reader: One of the more surprising ways that viruses can infect your computer is via Adobe Acrobat Reader, which, on its default settings, may create loopholes in the security of your PC. To prevent this from happening to you, switch to a less common PDF reader, or do some research on how to adjust settings in your Acrobat Reader to close up these security holes.

1) Use antivirus software properly: If you don’t have antivirus software installed on your computer, then you need to get it. While many antivirus programs are free, the old adage that “you get what you pay for” often rings true in the online world. If you want to get the most effective software on the market, then you will probably need to shell out a little bit of cash. Fortunately, even good antivirus programs can often be found for a competitive price.

Once you have antivirus software installed, it is equally – if not more – important to keep it up to date. Hackers are developing new ways to exploit your computer every minute, and you need to keep your computer aware of the latest security threats. This is where paying a little bit extra for your antivirus software comes in handy, as legitimate companies who charge money for their products will usually reinvest this money into a development team that releases frequent security updates. Put simply, the more frequently you update your antivirus software, the safer your PC will be.

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