With the sheer number of devices that basically every person has now—their smartphones, tablets, televisions, watches, gaming consoles, and so much more—it’s vital to know how to protect these items from threats. Because as soon as someone is able to break into one of these devices or plant something on them that allows them access to your accounts, the chances of them gaining access to everything you have and each device you own have just skyrocketed. Luckily, there are things that you can do to help keep this from happening to you and keep your devices safe and protected.
To help you learn how this can be done in your own life, here are three ways to keep from getting viruses on your devices.
Install Protective Software
As soon as anyone gets a new device, be it your tween and their first tablet or a smartphone you’ve given to your parents in assisted living, it’s important that protective software gets installed on that device immediately. This way, the device and all information stored on that device will always have this layer of protection to keep it from getting viruses or other harmful software.
With the right antivirus software downloaded onto your device, you can rest a lot easier knowing that there is something looking out for you and the safety of your data. You’ll have more protection with any actions taken while on that device, be it logging into your private accounts, online shopping, communication, and more.
Be Careful When Downloading Anything
The way that you use your device can also have a big impact on how well you protect yourself from getting viruses on that device.
In most cases, a virus is going to get on your device by being downloaded. This can be done by you actually downloading something, by you clicking on a link that starts a download, and other ways. Knowing this, you should always think twice before you download anything onto your device.
Prior to any downloading, you should make sure that you’re downloading it from a reputable source, that you know exactly what you’re downloading, and that you sought out this download yourself rather than having it sent to you. By following these rules, you should be able to avoid a lot of the issues with downloading viruses that other people might experience.
Always Update Your Software
Once you have clean software on your device, it’s wise to always keep that software updated to the most current version. If you don’t already have automatic updates selected on your device, now is the time to do so.
Developers will often update apps when they’ve fixed prior security issues. So, if you fail to install the updated version of the app, you could be leaving your software and your device open to threats and viruses. But with the most updated version installed, you’re giving yourself the greatest chance of having the best possible protection for your device.
If you want to do your best to help keep your devices from getting viruses on them, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you learn how to safely use your devices.