As computers and the Internet become more sophisticated, computers viruses are on the rise. Every day, a new virus capable of damaging your computer and wiping out your files are on the loose. Computer programmers and anti-virus specialists work diligently to keep their software programs immune from viruses, but a virus can still find a way into your computer. As a result, a single way to protect your computer from viruses currently doesn’t exist. Instead, only a series of preventative measures can protect your computer from malicious virus infections.
The following are a few ideas to protect your computer against viruses:
1. Backup your files daily. Since there isn’t a single method or way to protect your computer files against viruses, it’s always in your best interest to back them up at least once a day. That way, if a dangerous virus enters your computer, you have a backup of your files. As we said before, a virus can enter your computer and wipe out your files completely. You can make backups of your data files to an external hard drive, compact disk (CD), or external storage device of your choice. There are also some software programs available that will backup your files automatically.
2. Be prepared to completely reinstall your system. Whether you use Windows, Linux, or some other type of operating system, you should always have a copy of it nearby. In addition, you should also have backup copies of your software programs and applications. If for some reason, your computer is infected with a virus, you can always reinstall your operating system and applications. You don’t want to wind up short handed if your computer is infected; only to discover that you have no backups of your applications as well as the tools needed to run your computer.