Back in the summer of 2004 Microsoft launched their "3 steps to protecting your pc" campaign.
1. Use an internet firewall
2. Get Computer Updates
3. Use Up-to-date Antivirus package
As soon as people applied these steps "hackers" had to move on and find another way of achieving their goals. So they turned to using Spyware and other new forms of malicious software to attack computers. At Dayba we came to the conclusion that 2 more steps were needed to protect your computer.
Introducing Spyware and Malware
There is nothing new about spyware but what was once just an annoying way of advertisers making money out of us, has now become a hideous monster that lets hackers install malicious software without our knowledge.
All the big software security firms have released packages to respond to this threat.
In addition to removing spyware, anti spyware packages also mop up other malware that anti virus checkers miss, like the infamous premium rate telephone diallers.
Dayba's 5 steps
Dayba's 5 steps
- Virus checker
- Anti-Spyware Package
- Update software
- Ensure software stays up-to-date
Make sure there is a firewall between your computer and the internet. This is the equivalent of shutting your curtains so a burglar can't see what is inside your house.
This is your computer's first line of defence and stops malicious files being written to your computer.
Anti-Spyware software primarily looks for the settings that cause damage; it also acts as a second line of defence in finding things that your virus checker misses.
Make sure that any software you often use is up-to-date. When manufactures become aware that someone has hacked their software they will release an update to fix it. Microsoft releases these fixes through Microsoft Update, if you subscribe to this your computer will automatically get these fixes. Other manufactures will place messages on their websites.
Ensure this software remains up-to-date and is working
Nearly all the computers we see with infection problems are due to the software that protects them going out of date. To explain this in more detail we have produced a page devoted to the importance of being up-to-date
How Dayba can help
If all this sounds confusing or too much for you, you can always ring us at Dayba for some free advice. Alternatively if you don't want to have the worry of doing all this all yourself, we offer the following packages to provide reassurance and peace of mind.
PC health check
for more information about health checks click here
When we do a health check on your pc,
- we can install all this protective software for you,
- ensure it is running and up-to-date,
- check and remove your pc for any malicious software that has infected your pc,
- look for any other signs of a pc not running as it should,
And provide you with the peace of mind that your pc is in good health
For the full list of what we do,click here.