13 tips to protect you against malware

Whether viruses, trojans or spyware: malicious programs are designed to attack computer systems and endanger the security of your personal data. These guidelines will help you to protect yourself against unwanted attacks.

  1. Create passwords that are at least 12 characters long. Longer passwords are harder to crack because the number of possible character combinations increase significantly with each added sign. In fact, the length of the password is more important than the use of special characters.
  2. Choose a unique password for each of your digital accounts. Should one of your passwords be hacked, the damage will only affect one account. A password manager can help you manage all your passwords.
  3. Whenever possible, activate double authentication so you log in to your online accounts using both a password and a SMS code (sent to your personal cell phone).
  4. Only open emails from trusted senders. If you open a dubious looking email, do not click any links and delete it straight away.
  5. Never pass on personal data such as account or credit card data using email.
  6. Use a trusted email provider and always send sensitive data encrypted.
  7. Keep your operating system up to date. Always use the latest software version available. Out-dated programs often suffer from severe security vulnerabilities, which hackers take advantage of.
  8. Install a firewall to ward off threats.
  9. Use a virus scanner program to detect and reject possible security threats.
  10. Use ad blocker to protect yourself from viruses that might be introduced to your computer through seemingly innocent banner ads.
  11. Do not use public WLAN routers (unencrypted wireless networks).
  12. If unnecessary, do not use accounts with administrator rights in your daily work. This way, you will reduce the risk of damages introduced by viruses.
  13. Only install programs from trustworthy sources.