As an IT professional for over 12 years, I frequently remove viruses/malware from computers. I got fed up with the major anti-virus companies, because their products never seemed to prevent and/or clean viruses. Why was I spending so much of my time cleaning things manually? Why was I paying big money to these antivirus companies if they don’t solve the problem?
For this reason, I have NEVER used an antivirus program for my personal computers. Surprisingly my home computers have NEVER been infected. After reflecting on my home network & computer setup I have come up with 5 simple rules to remain malware free.
2. Don’t click on emails from senders you don’t trust & can’t validate their authenticity.
3. Use OpenDNS to manage and protect your DNS. OpenDNS is the world’s leading provider of Internet navigation and security. It makes your network safer, faster, smarter and more reliable without the cost and complexity of traditional security services. You can get the following for little or no cost.
- Web Content Filtering
- Malware Site Protection / Botnet Protection
4. Avoid nefarious websites & applications. These include, but are not limited to the following
- Gaming (Poker, Gambling, and the like)
- Free Music/Movie/TV Downloads (Amazon MP3, iTunes, Pandora, Grooveshark,YouTube, Netflix, Hulu are OK, but if something is “free”, you should use extreme caution)
- Anything else shady, unethical, illegal
5. Don’t install untrusted applications on FaceBook. FaceBook is a great thing, but it can allow for potential malware & security threats. Do not give permissions to any application that you don’t trust the source. Yes, this means games, poker, what twilight character are you, and whatever else might come your way.
Also review your existing FaceBook applications and remove any application you don’t actively use or care about. See the following link http://www.facebook.com/settings/?tab=applications
6. Get a good anti-virus/anti-malware program. After fixing a particularly challenging virus on a client’s server this past week, I finally decided it wasn’t worth risking not having an antivirus program installed. After much research I decided to go with ESET Smart Security (http://www.eset.com).
Some other “free” anti-virus/anti-malware programs I have experience with and would recommend if you can’t spend any money.