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More people are logging on to the Internet now than ever before. Through the ease of accessing the Internet with a favorite mobile device, to connecting wirelessly with a laptop anywhere in the home, the Internet is a growing entity within our society that provides us with many benefits. However, while in fact there are many positive aspects of the Internet that people enjoy, there are also many dangers that exist online that can really turn a user experience negative.
One of the most prevalent of these dangers are viruses that can both cause damage to computers as well as bring financial ruin to unsuspecting victims. Below are a couple effective actions you can take that will protect your computer from these potential dangers.
Do Not Neglect Operating System Updates
Operating systems are continuously being patched to make sure there are no loop-holes for security breaches. When a potential problem turns up, developers fix it and release a patch for users of the operating system to download and install. These updates are extremely important for security, and keeping them up to date is good practice.
Download a Free Virus Scanner
There are many pieces of free virus scanning software that give a basic scanning and elimination mechanism to detect and remove common viruses associated with computers and Internet use. Going the route of having one of these virus scanners on your computer for regular maintenance will make sure that if anything does slip behind the lines and infect your computer, the software will stop it before it can cause any real damage.