Keeping Your Family PC Safe

Apr 9, 2015 | Tips

Just like humans, computers can also pick up illnesses. The signs and symptoms of an illness are somewhat the same for both. Just as with you, when you are not feeling 100%, your computer will give off signs and symptoms that it is maybe feeling a little under the weather.

Computers are capable of doing many things at any given time, which is generally the software that is running on your computer.

If your computer seems a little slow in loading programs, is making a lot of noise, is producing screen pop-ups that seem out of place and things do not seem to be running like they normally do, it’s possible that your computer has bugs.

Malware and viruses are created to exploit your computer and make it do things that it normally wouldn’t do, such as sending spam, stealing information such as banking details, or to make you pay for things you didn’t need to.

People who create these viruses try to exploit you through your computer by being clever and constantly changing their approach. To help keep your computer in tip-top condition it is worth seeking professional advice.

Below is a list of handy tips to keep you safe from some of these predators.

Be Smart Online

As more and more shopping moves away from Main Street and to the Internet, it’s crucial you exercise the same amount of caution online as you would when buying from a local store.

The Government’s Cyber Security Awareness Week campaign lists 10 handy tips to help you avoid being caught out when shopping online:

  1. Install and update your security software and set it to scan regularly
  2. Turn on automatic updates on all your software, particularly your operating system and applications
  3. Use strong passwords and different passwords for different uses
  4. Stop and think before you click on links and attachments
  5. Take care when buying online – research the supplier and use a safe payment method
  6. Only download “apps” from reputable publishers and read all permission requests
  7. Regularly check your privacy settings on social networking sites
  8. Stop and think before you post any photos or financial information online
  9. Talk with your child about staying safe online, including on their smart phone or mobile device
  10.  Report or talk to someone if you feel uncomfortable or threatened online

Be Aware of Scams

That email alerting you to $10,000 in your name is most likely a hoax. Especially when it requests that you supply usernames or a password so funds can “be deposited immediately in your account.” Spelling errors are typical in such hoax emails.

Yet so many people still fall for such scams, mainly because fraudsters are using increasingly sophisticated ‘phishing’ methods to dupe customers.

Protect Your Computer

A “Trojan” is malicious software installed onto a computer that can extract personal and financial information, often without you knowing. It’s essential to protect yourself against such threats with up-to-date antivirus software.


By being wary of strange offers, emails and behaviour by your computer and regularly checking your computer for viruses you can help keep your laptop or PC from becoming infected and putting your family’s details and your financial security at risk.

If you think you may have a virus or that there is something wrong with your computer, contact Adelaide Computer Superstore today.

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