There’s a myth that viruses only hang out on porn sites, shopping surveys, and other spammy places on the Internet. What you may not realize is that a virus can attack your computer from what appears to be the safest site you could visit. Here are a few reasons to keep your anti-virus up-to-date.
A Virus Disguised In Email
Of course, this seems like a no-brainer, but sometimes we get emails with legitimate titles. They’re not always some Viagra discount pitch. They very often have titles that actually pertain to things we’re interested in. Naturally, we open them up and discover we’ve been duped. Look closely at anything that doesn’t come from a legitimate friend or associate, and don’t click a link if you’re the least bit uncertain. Make sure you’re running the latest version of your anti-virus, too. If it happened to you, chances are it happened to many people, and your anti-virus either already has or will very quickly create a solution.
But That’s My Favorite Online Newspaper!
Sometimes, it’s not our favorite, safe and legitimate websites that get us, but the advertisers who are there. It may be the ads or pop-ups that contain the virus. Be super careful with this. Again, make sure your anti-virus is current. Unfortunately, there is no safe place on the Internet. The viruses will find you if you’re online enough.
How Does This Happen?
Viruses are malicious scripts or code, so they’ll be slipped into the legitimate code to hopefully fool you and websites into passing them on. The bottom line is that you have to be careful and pro-active with you anti-virus.