Computer Safety Tips
The Internet contains a huge and information, such as books and software can easily be obtained by downloading it into your computer. This will save time and effort and all can also be automated. You can download files even though you’re in another time zone.
However, even download files from the internet has many advantages, there are some disadvantages that the files that you have downloaded perhaps malicious threats. Before you download any files on your computer, I six tips that you should know so you can be safer when downloading files from the Internet.
1. File Size
First of all, look at the size of the file you want to download. For example, you want to download the free software on the site and you know that the software file size should be around 12 or 13 MB. But on this web site, it says 234 kB. You need to be very careful with this as it could be a virus or trojan because the size is just not right.
Many people have been tricked to download this type of file and file turn out to be malicious software.
Use a firewall before downloading any files. If the files you have downloaded are trying to send privacy information to hackers, it will not be able to do it because the firewall will block outbound traffic.
3. File Extension
Extension is very important when downloading files from the Internet. File extension with EXE and small size could be malicious software. It would be better that you have antivirus that end the connection every time you try to download malicious software.
I have this one time when I was trying to download files with .exe extension from the Internet without knowing it is a trojan. Antivirus mine (I use Avast! At the time) terminate the connection immediately because it recognizes the file as a trojan. So, when you want to download any files, watch extension. Files with double extensions as FILENAME.img.exe are mostly malicious software because it tries to trick you into thinking it is not malicious software.
As I told you my story, I was rescued from downloading malicious software with antivirus mine and I advise strongly that you find antivirus now. If you do not have any antivirus or anti-spyware programs on your computer, your computer may be infected.
Websites like download.com provide the comments or comments to download. Always read the download feedbacks before downloading because it will help you know if the files are malicious software.
6. Internet Explorer Add-On
Use Internet Explorer add-on that will tell you if the website you are visiting contains threats that can affect your computer. Use Add-on, such as McAffe Site Advisor which you can download free because this add-on will advise you which websites are safe to visit.
As I mentioned in the previous tip, you need to know the size before you download. If you do not know the file size, Google it and visit the website site consultant add-on mind as safe.
There is no complete solution to computer security. The only way you can be sure your computer will be safe from all threats is by turning it off and closed it in a sealed box. But what we can do is to arm us with the essential security expertise that will help us in many ways.