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Tips to Help You Avoid Being Infected with Malware | Part 1

What can you NOT do thanks to the Internet these days? Starting from communicating with someone on the other side of the world to running entire businesses, everything is possible through in Internet. However, there are always two sides to a coin and so our beloved internet can also be used to make your life difficult. One of such ways to make your life difficult is through malware.

Before you learn how to prevent malware, you should learn what malware actually is and what it can do to your computer. A malware is basically and abbreviated term for ‘malicious software’. They are created to get access to your computer or even damage it without you knowing.

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Now that we are clear on that (I hope), let us see how we can keep ourselves from being infected with such objects of malice. As we move forward, you will realize that much of the methods suggested here are common sense, or at least should be common sense.

1. Only open Downloads & Links You Trust

While this should be a no-brainer, this where people lapse the most. This is the part where you have to curb your carelessness and use your judgement. Do not visit shady websites or download illegal or suspicious files. Maintain this rule of thumb: if something looks suspicious, keep your distance. If you must visit such sites, then at least make sure you have antivirus or similar protective measures in place.

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This brings the issue of understanding which sites are safe and which are potentially dangerous. If you have not already, download this plugin for your browser called Web of Trust. It will help you evaluate websites and their safety very reliably.

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2.Turn Off HTML in Emails

Email is a very popular and effective medium for spreading malware. It is so easy for a malware to infect you through email that all you have to do is open the email in HTML view and the malware will come aboard your computer by automatically running scripts. Although most email clients have taken precautionary measures against this by turning off HTML view by default, it can still be turned on by unaware users like yourself. So stay safer by only allowing trusted sources to display HTML content.

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3.Do Not Open Untrusted or Unwanted Email Attachments

Do not open any email attachments unless you trust the source. Even when you trust the source, scan the file before downloading or before opening with an antivirus software. Most webmail and desktop clients scan the attachments on their own before allowing you to download, so never skip that step. Remember, better safe than sorry.

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