A lot of people make use of a laptop computer everyday and the lives of so many people depend on it. Some of the major reasons for this are because of its portability, uniqueness and performance but we all know that there is no good thing that doesn’t have a bad side. It doesn’t matter how advanced or latest your laptop computer is, it still has its own advantages.
Do you know that in May 2009, over 42,000 unique viruses were detected on the Kapersky Antivirus Users’ computers? That is only the stats for computers using the Kapersky antivirus and it happened in the month of May. With millions upon millions of new computer users today, what do you think that number will be?
With all the greatness that comes with having a laptop computer, the one major problem that threatens laptop users is a virus infection, and this article will be giving you a few tips to help you protect your laptop computer from being infected by a virus.
Be Careful with How you use the Internet
Precaution they say is better than cure. The internet is no doubt the top place to get your computer infected with a virus, and there are good reasons for this. It is very important to be careful with your laptop usage when it comes to surfing the internet. You need to be careful about which websites you visit, which emails you read, which attachments you download and which software applications you download and install on your computer.
Make sure you don’t visit malicious sites and also make sure you don’t download anything from a particular website unless you really trust it because even if you have an antivirus, a solid virus from the internet can render it powerless.
Install a Firewall and a Solid Antivirus
The next step to take is to install a solid antivirus. While being careful with what you do on your computer is great, there is a limit to what you can control and it is only a matter of time before your computer gets infected, especially if it is being used by another person. The best thing to do in this case is to have a solid antivirus installed on your laptop while at the same time performing regular scans on your computer. It is also very important to install a firewall so that you will be notified whenever an intruder or an unknown application is trying to get access to your laptop.
Install Laptop Monitoring Applications (like Prey)
Do you know that there are software applications that can help you track your computer if it gets lost? No matter how secure your computer is, or how protected you try to make it some things can happen that can disrupt your plan.
Installing a laptop tracking application can be a smart thing to do, especially if you’re someone who loves to travel a lot. What these applications do is that they help you track the location of anybody who has your laptop. Some of these applications even have the option to use your laptop’s webcam to take a picture of the thief so that you can do proper investigation and get your laptop back.
One of the best laptop monitoring applications I know of is the Prey software.