What is a computer virus?

A computer virus is a program capable of copying itself and infecting a device without knowledge or permission of the user. They are capable of attaching itself to another computer file of any sort and spreading to other devices such as smart phones and tablets. They are very similar to the biological virus, spreading from host to host through some kind of contact.

What do they do to your device?

There are many different kinds of viruses out there and they infect your devices in different ways. For instance, there are viruses that will generate pop up ads and slow your computer down. Then there’s the more extreme viruses that will take over files, record keystrokes to retrieve passwords, and take control of your email program and send random emails to people on your contact list. The list can go on and on. And with technology today, viruses are becoming more and more treacherous.

How do you get infected?

Believe it or not, the majority of devices become infected because of user activity; downloading, web browsing, sharing, etc. It is always very important that you are aware of what you do and open on your device. Some of the most common ways a device becomes infected is when:

  1. User downloads software from unreliable/questionable sites

  2. User accepts what they’re prompted without reading

  • You don’t have to read the whole disclaimer part when downloading, but be wary of what is checked in check boxes and what it is exactly that you are downloading. Many users will just click accept all the way through without reading what it is that they are downloading.

  1. Clicking unknown links

  2. Opening email attachments

  3. Pirating movies, music or software

  • It’s not a definite that every participant in bit torrenting will become corrupted, however they may be at risk

  1. Not updating their devices

  2. Connecting infecting devices or connecting to any kind of network drive

  3. No antivirus software

It’ll be very important to have a good anti-virus to protect your device. But remember, there are no 100% anti-virus software. You still have to be cautious of your actions. Be aware of your activities on your device and keep in mind the common ways a device can be infected.