Unfortunately there is no full proof way to avoid malware but there are steps you can take to reduce the chances of getting a malware infection. Here are 10 easy tips to reduce your risk for malware:malware prevention

  1. Update your operating system, browsers, and plugins
  2. Enable click-to-play plugins
  3. Remove software you don’t use (especially legacy programs)
  4. Read emails with an eagle eye
  5. Do not call fake tech support numbers
  6. Do not believe the cold callers
  7. Use strong passwords and/or password managers
  8. Make sure you’re on a secure connection
  9. Log out of websites after you’re done
  10. Use firewall, antivirus, anti-malware, and anti-exploit technology

Here some additional tips for best practices:

  1. Watch out for social engineering - Be mindful of emails that seem legititmate yet out of place asking you for login--e.g., emails from your bank etc., and bogus tech support requests.
  2. Practice safe and responsible browsing
  3. Layer your security - invest in security software and make sure software and operating system patches are always up to date.