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Antivirus Software and Securing Your Computer System is Essential

Purchasing antivirus software for securing your computer system is more important than ever.

It seems we hear about a new computer virus being created by evil genius everyday. Today, more and more people are using their computers for everything from communication to online banking, investing and shopping. As we do these things on a more regular basis, we open ourselves up to potential hackers, attackers and crackers.


Virtual Assistants must protect their computers from viruses and spyware with a good antivirus software program, not only for their own business but their client’s as well. Your clients will rest must easier knowing you have taken precautions to protect their information stored on your computer.

While some scammers may be looking to phish your personal information and identity for resale, others simply want to use your computer as a platform from which to attack other unknowing targets. Fortunately there are many antivirus, antispyware, firewalls and other means of protecting your computer from harm.

Below are a few easy, cost-effective steps you can take to make your computer more secure.

  • Always make backups of important information and store in a safe place separate from your computer.
  • Update and patch your operating system, web browser and software frequently. If you have a Windows operating system, start by going to www.windowsupdate.microsoft.com and running the update wizard. This program will help you find the latest patches for your Windows computer. Also go to www.officeupdate.microsoft.com to locate possible patches for your Office programs.
  • Install a firewall. Without a good firewall, viruses, worms, Trojans, malware and adware can all easily access your computer from the Internet. Consideration should be given to the benefits and differences between hardware and software based firewall programs.
  • Review your browser and email settings for optimum security. Why should you do this? Active-X and JavaScript are often used by hackers to plant malicious programs into your computers. Check your Internet security settings for the “Internet zone” to High, and your “trusted sites zone” to Medium Low.
  • Install antivirus software and set it up for automatic updates so that you receive the most current versions. Remember to run a scan of your computer to check for trojans or viruses at least once per week.
  • Do not open unknown email attachments. It is simply not enough that you may recognize the address from which it originates because many viruses can spread from a familiar address.
  • Do not run programs from unknown origins. Also, do not send these types of programs to friends and coworkers because they contain funny or amusing stories or jokes. They may contain a Trojans horse waiting to infect a computer.
  • Disable hidden filename extensions. By default, the Windows operating system is set to “hide file extensions for known file types”. Disable this option so that file extensions display in Windows. Some file extensions will, by default, continue to remain hidden, but you are more likely to see any unusual file extensions that do not belong.
    Turn off your computer and disconnect from the network when not using the computer. A hacker cannot attack your computer when you are disconnected from the network or the computer is off.
  • Consider making a boot disk on a floppy disk in case your computer is damaged or compromised by a malicious program. Obviously, you need to take this step before you experience a hostile breach of your system.

    Protecting your computer from viruses, hackers and Internet con-artists is an unfortunate part of doing business on the Internet. There are many affordable antivirus software programs available today and will be well worth your investment. Some Internet services come with firewalls so be sure to check for that when you sign up.If you take the necessary precautions and purchase any antivirus software you may need before you start your virtual assistant business, you should be able to protect both your business and your clients.