Avoiding Malware While Shopping Online

Angela Skinner Mullen
Nowadays, you can get virtually anything online – even diapers in bulk. Seriously, no need to ever step foot in a store again. The last thing I want to do with my toddler in tow is hit up the local mall (or grocery store for that matter). All this convenience comes with a price if we’re not being careful: another way for malware to get into our computers. Malware is a blanket term covering everything yucky you don’t want – viruses, worms, Trojan horses, etc. that can get into your PC without your knowledge and without your consent. Sometimes you don’t even know it’s there, until your machine starts acting slow or really weird. It can do all sorts of damage and be extremely hard to get rid of. Most of us already know to be careful while entering personal information online, and to make sure we’re doing so over a secured site. But there are some other sneaky ways cybercriminals are trying to get to us. Infected links from online comparison shopping sites and from internet searches can be risky as well. How can you protect yourself? Don’t just rely on your firewall. It’s going to take a collaboration of efforts to fully protect your PC from threats, but it is easier than you think. Here’s how to do it: 1. If a link looks even a tiny bit suspicious, don’t click on it. Better safe than sorry. 2. Make sure your firewall is on at all times. 3. Get an anti-virus program, keep it up-to-date, and use it all the time. 4. Use anti-malware software for an added layer of protection from threats. ChicaPC-Shield is a free scan you can utilize to make sure your PC is free of malware, and it’s easy-to-use. As we do more and more online, cybercrime will continually try to keep up and find new ways to take advantage of us. Protect yourself and protect your PC. Visit www. chicalogic.com for more mom-friendly techie tips and tricks.

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