The U.S. has more than 80 million malware attacks every month! Protecting your computer and mobile devices requires personal vigilance and help from professional security companies like Trend Micro, Inc. Rik gives several tips that can help you prevent malware on your devices and home network. Learn more at: http://www.trendmicro.com/us/home/products/software/index.html
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Protecting your computer and personal devices from malware requires both
ongoing personal vigilance, and help from professional security companies. Nowadays malware doesn't just target your home computers, but also the mobile devices that you and your family are using, and the problem is bigger than you might think.
Last year, an average of 18 million malware attacks were observed in the United States every month, and as a whole, the US is the target of more than half of all malware attacks in the world.
You can be a victim of a malware attack through your web browsers, email, the social networks you use, instant messaging, and downloaded files. Your device, can be infected through almost any online process, or even a friend's USB stick. So it's important to use a security program that can provide complete proactive protection, helping you before you get infected.
Trend Micro Security for your PC or Mac, or Trend Micro mobile Security for your
Android or iOS mobile device may be just the solution you're looking for. Even if you are using a security program, here are few ways to keep your devices from
getting infected and from spreading malware.
Secure your network. Malware protection starts on your home networks and moves out from there. Make sure that your network router is password protected and that you are not using the factory supplied default password.
Ensure that you have a firewall installed and running on every computer that you use to prevent unauthorized access. A secure network is a first step to protecting your computers, and will also protect the mobile devices that connect to your home network.
Avoid spam. While on the Internet, don't open spam of any kind. Remember, spam isn't just emails in your junk mail, it can also be private messages, pop up windows on websites, or adds in your social media feeds.
Malware spams can also stop independently from you computer. Remember the recent Microsoft tech support phone scam? Variants not only wanted your money, but also to gain control of your computer by installing remote control software in the guise of helping you. Be cautious of any unsolicited tech support both, on, and offline.
Parental Controls, it is important to have open conversations with your kids and build trust with them. But you should also set up parental controls on each device used in your family's network environment.
Make sure that only administrators can install new software on the device, and limit guest user Internet access if at all possible. Passwords in web browsers, regardless of the user do not save passwords in your web browser. Using a password manager is more secure and adds an extra layer of protection.
Trend Micro Password Manager is bundled with Trend Micro Maximum or Premium security on your PC or can be downloaded and installed separately on your PC, Mac, Android, or IOS device.
If you don't currently have a password manager, watch our video,
how secure is your password, the tips on creating a secure password.
Keep programs up to date. Make sure that you keep all your devices updated to help secure them from attacks that exploit vulnerabilities on your system. This includes your operating systems, security programs, web browser, and plugins like Java, Adobe flash, and Acrobat, or video players like Windows Media Player and Quick Time.
By implementing these five tips, you've taken the first steps to protecting yourself from malware attacks on your PC and mobile devices.