The internet has become one of the best sources of information for people in this day and age. With just a click of the mouse, one can access multitudes of web sites that cater information about endless topics and subjects. This unparalleled convenience and access speed that it entails users made the internet the preferred choice for information pooling and researching. The internet has also become a massive storage of files, videos, music, documents, presentations, and other forms of media, and users have been keen on obtaining these desired files from downloading in the internet. Some use websites that serve as virtual file storage sites and can be called direct downloading sites. Others use torrents or data transfer software that has to be installed in one’s own PC and use that software to obtain data from internet sources.
The downside to this convenience and massive information pool however is the fact that some of these websites actually contain non-credible information, or worse, actually contains malicious software. Some of these sites would try and convince you to download unknown files or programs and direct you to open them, and these would turn out to be computer viruses. Many of these vicious programs are in the form of zipped files, which one has to open or unzip using an extractor program. As it is, one cannot detect what the files inside are, aside from the name that is has which of course can be changed with ease, which is why it is crucial to scan these zipped files using reliable and powerful anti-virus software. Another crucial step that an internet user must do in order to prevent his/her PC from being attacked is to be careful in choosing the sites that one enters. When one uses any search engine to look for information, it is important that dubious looking websites should be avoided at all costs. Websites such as pornographic hubs are well known as potential spots for malicious software.
In that same light, a person must be careful in using download software or peer-to-peer software that one uses to download files in the internet. Using the search engine of this software has to be with caution, and exact and relevant keywords should only be entered to prevent unrelated and potentially harmful files from popping up in the search results. One also has to download only from reliable and safe websites or peer sources, as unknown or dubious sources may lead to potential threats. Downloading should also be done meticulously and not en masse, one has to filter carefully in order to actually download the right files.
One of the newer advantages of excellent anti-virus programs is their ability to not just scan files and folders, but also check the websites that one may wish to access and see if the opening of these sites can perform harm on one’s computer. That way, a person can prevent any threats that may emerge from accessing the internet. With that, proper responsibility and careful accessing is the key to using the internet and reduce threats from coming into one’s personal computer.