What you need to know before you start your digital journey

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Computer Virus prevention tips for every internet user

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The trendiest word in most boardrooms now is digitization; it has become so trendy that governments are using it in various ways, digital this, digital that.

The backbone of this digitization is the Internet and a good network infrastructure. There are so many things that contribute to making your digital experience superb. Are you sure you have a good Internet service provider? If your answer is yes, have you wondered why you still have an unusually slow Internet speed? If it’s not your network, it could be a case of the computer flu.

Don’t be surprised. Just as you don’t like how you feel when you have a flu, your computer or Internet accessing device can also have a flu. The sick bay in this case could be your IT officer frequenting your office or work station to troubleshoot your system. This type of flu exists in the virtual world and the common name we know is computer virus.

Computer viruses are malicious softwares designed to wreak havoc on your computer system. After a computer virus affects your device, its code is designed to do any or all of the following: Damage programs, corrupt data, delete files, reformat your hard drive and spread itself to other unsuspecting victims. In a lot of ways, computer viruses work like actual viruses, like you experience when you catch a flu. Computers could freeze when you catch a virtual flu instead of sneezing like you do with a flu.

Doing your own diagnoses

So, you’re experiencing Internet speed-induced headaches. You’ll need some information to diagnose what’s getting your computer down.

Think of it like this: a runny nose could be a symptom of anything from seasonal allergies to a sinus infection. Slow Internet speed doesn’t point to a single problem; it can result from a variety of underlying issues.

If you’re dealing with predictably slow Internet at certain times of the day, your Internet service provider could be to blame. Since coaxial cables are often shared, they can get overloaded during peak hours of Internet use. You may want to consider upgrading to a fiber-optic network, which has a higher base capacity for digital data.

Slow Internet speed can also indicate that your computer has contracted a virus. Some types of malware infect computer applications—including web browsers. The slow speeds you’re seeing could be the result of malware opening multiple browser tabs and windows in the background.

This floods your network with traffic that it can’t support—resulting in subpar connection speeds. The recommended course of treatment? Download a reputable malware removal software or turn your computer over to an IT professional you can trust like Desiderata Information Systems; your one-stop shop for all your computer software-related issues.

Before you bring it to us please we believe that prevention is the best protection. Being a smart user of the Internet is pre-requisite for your digital journey. In conclusion I will leave you with our tried and tested prescription.

D-E-S-I-D-E-R-A-T-A

Don’t open emails from unknown senders

Exercise caution when browsing unfamiliar webpages. It just takes one bad link to compromise your computer.

Share files you know are safe, don’t be the weak link in the network

Install manufacturer updates promptly. They can contain vital security improvements.

Don’t open suspicious attachments.

Educate yourself on the latest virus threats

Refer to an expert when in doubt

Avoid downloading applications, games or media files from questionable or illegal sites.

Take a minute to increase your browser security preferences.

Always back up your files and programs to an external hard drive so you’ll have a copy of important digital data.

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