How to protect your devices
What is ANTI-MALWARE?
Antivirus was created to protect you against known threats and viruses. A known threat is any virus that already has a fix, similar to getting a shot to prevent measles.
Anti-malware was created to bridge the gap between known threats and unknown threats. Unknown threats are newer and more dangerous, such as ransomware or spyware.
Even though anti-malware is slightly different than antivirus, they all fall under the same umbrealla of Anti-Malware Software.
Anti-Malware software includes:
Antivirus is like giving your computer an immunity shot from existing threats.
Who should use it?
As the internet evolves, newer and more dangerous threats emerge.
Malware is unbiased and it will attack anybody and everybody, so antivirus alone is no longer a solution. Thinking you are not a target is a huge mistake. Antivirus software is for every device and is the absolute minimum security you should have.
Use anti-malware as a second layer of defense together with an antivirus to have well-rounded protection along with a firewall for the best protection.
Best pay option– Use an all-in-one security suite.
Best free option– Use antivirus and anti-malware.
Frequently asked questions
Most people assume this, however it is unlikely. Many computers come with a free trial of security software that lasts for 1 month, and after requires a purchase to continue working.
While this is a good basic program to have running, the more advanced features of anti-malware software are what is required to stay protected in today’s environment.
You want to use your password manager everywhere, including:
- Your computer
- Your phone
- Your tablet
- Your browser
- At work
Many free anti-malware programs do a great deal for protection such as Malwarebytes. However, the free version doesn’t protect you against real time threats.
Free software is better than nothing, however the premium features of most software is where the best protection is at.
A good rule of thumb is to scan your system every week. This means you need to open your anti-malware and hit “scan now” once every week.
Alternatively, you can schedule an automatic scan at a certain time or day. Enable this feature if you don’t want to worry about it yourself; however, make sure your system will be on during the time you specified.
- Scan each file download before you open it.
- Scan your whole system with your anti-malware software once a week to ensure protection.
- Set up auto-scan to scan your system weekly.
How to install and use
You will need the following things
1. Download and install your chosen anti-malware
2. Run your new anti-malware- Double click or open your anti-malware to perform your first scan by pressing “Scan Now”
3. Setup scheduled scans
You can setup your antivirus to scan automatically, choose the day and time you want it to run. You can choose a time when you don’t need your device for the best results but ensure your device is switched ON at that time.
4. Check for updates regularly
Most anti-malware does this automatically, but sometimes it needs to be done manually. Open your anti-malware and click “Check for updates” at least once every week.
Now, you’re all set up with some anti-malware software, next we’ll talk about browser security!