Many people think that the one was to avoid viruses, getting hacked, etc., is to simply change your password on your email and other accounts.

This is simply not the case. Changing your password is something your should do on a semi-frequent basis anyway.


A few simple but effective way to avoid these headaches is to:


Don't click on random ads, things that look too good to be true, banners or anything that pops up, or really anything you have to think twice about it being a good idea.


2. Get a solid anti-virus program. You do not have to spend money to get a good anti-virus program. Windows' stock antivirus program Defender is just fine. If you would prefer not to stick with the stock anti virus, other great ones include, Avast, AVG, Panda, Malwarebytes, and Comodo. 


3. Monitor your outoging messages. Check in your sent email and make sure that all the email being sent was actually you. The same goes for social media. 


4. Update programs as updates become available. If a program becomes out of date it can be susceptible to attack.


5. Use common sense when browsing or clicking around on the internet. 


Blake Hanna, Realtor

The Pat Wattam Team

RE/MAX First


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