How to protect your computing devices from viruses and other vulnerabilities.
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Automatic Security Updates
Use Windows Update properly to ensure your Windows computer is free of critical vulnerabilities and to get future updates.
New viruses, trojans, worms, etc. are discovered every day. These can be used by criminals to attack systems, steal personal information (credit card numbers, bank PINs), and other costly acts.
Email attachments, software downloads, and peer-to-peer file sharing
Email attachments containing viruses will normally be detected by your AntiVirus software. However, as new viruses are discovered daily, it is wise to take care when viewing unexpected or suspect email attachments, and running software downloaded from unfamiliar websites. Be especially mindful when downloading software via peer-to-peer networks. A recent study has shown that nearly 50% of all programs available for download via a popular file sharing network contain viruses or trojans. If in doubt, contact the sender for verification, or don't open it.
Unsafe and untrusted websites
Some websites carry malware which, just by visiting them, may put your computer at risk. Be careful when you type a web address - often a typo can lead you to a different website masquerading as the one you expected. Your web browser may have built-in protection against untrusted websites, with settings that you can explore.