Software programs may seem harmless, but can install a virus without your consent. Here are some tips to follow when downloading a program.
Be Wary of Unknown Publishers
Use caution when downloading programs from publishers you don't know, but use extra caution when downloading programs from an unknown publisher not listed. When the warning pops up, if it says unknown publisher, its most likely a scam.
Keep Antivirus Software Up-to-Date
Install security patches
Vulnerabilities in software are constantly being discovered, and they aren't just for one operating system. A vulnerability found in Windows software could just as easily be dangerous for OS X and Linux users. At least once a week, check and apply updates for all software that you use.
Firewalls are important
No Internet connection is safe without one. Even if you have a dial-up Internet connection, firewalls are still vital for your computer's security.
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Be Cautious of Phishing Scams
Phishing is the act of claiming to be your bank or credit card company, and scare you into revealing personal information, leading to credit loss, money theft, or even identity theft. It's a phishing scam when the PayPal note says "Dear Valued User" instead of "Dear NAME". Look for signs of phishing scams.