A blunt look at the damage that can be caused when a computer infection takes hold with examples from recent news.
Computer bugs can take many forms, some are harmless while others are devastating, some need coaxing and provocation while others can crop up during business as usual. In last week’s post I described how bugs occur as a reason to patch your computer. Here I highlight the damage that bugs can cause as a persuader to patch your computer in case you’re not convinced.
Some suggestions on how to improve the security of your computer.
With the increasing number of threats that are spreading across the web it can be difficult to know how best to protect your computer. What do you need to protect against? Will one tool protect you on all fronts? Do you get what you pay for in a tool? Can a free tool be good enough?
I’ll try to answer these questions and give some idea of what to look out for…
Some suggestions on how to recover from an infection to your computer.
So the worst has happened and despite taking all of the usual precautions, your computer has become infected. What do you do now? Can you get back to normal? How can you stop it from happening again?
Well first and foremost you have to accept that you may not be able to fully recover your computer; you may have to completely wipe it and start all over again. At this point I hope you’ve been taking regular backups of any important files and that you know the passwords for any on-line accounts (more on this at another time).