Is your virus software up to date?

Last week I listed five things that you should be doing, but may not be. This week I’ll give additional detail on them.

Even though it was second on the list, I’m going to start with the virus detection software. Email viruses have been running on a up and down cycle for some time now. From what I’ve heard that cycle is once again on an upswing.

It is not enough to have it installed on your computer. If you don’t have it, the first thing you should do is go out and get it. Virus software must be active to detect virus as they are introduced onto your computer and not as a method of removing the virus once you are infected.

But as important is to be certain that your virus detector is up to date. New viruses are always being created. Virus detectors allow you to set up automatic updates. Have your software set up to do it. But be concerned about when the updates are scheduled. There must be an active Internet connection. Having it set up to be done at 3 o’clock in the morning when the computer is turned off is just as bad as not having it set up at all.

For those of you using an Apple MacIntosh, for years it didn’t seem as if you had much to worry about viruses, but that time may be changing. I would get one for your system as well. As the old saying goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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