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February 14, 2020 @ 12:00am

Clean Machine

Keeping your internet-connected devices free from malware and infections makes the internet safer for you and more secure for everyone. Protect your devices from malware to keep a clean machine. 


It is valuable to understand the importance of protecting internet-connected devices from malware and infections – especially malware that connects your devices with botnets.

What Are Botnets?

Botnets are networks of personal computers infected by malware and remote controlled by criminals. Botnets are used to send junk email (spam), attack websites and distribute more malware, among other things.

The malware used by botnets can infect your computer, turning it into a "bot" or "zombie," meaning your computer can become part of the botnet and help criminals do their dirty work.


Keep a Clean Machine

  • Keep security software current: Having the latest security software, web browser and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware and other online threats.
  • Automate software updates: Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. Turn on automatic updates if that’s an available option.
  • Protect all devices that connect to the internet: Along with computers, smartphones, gaming systems and other web-enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.
  • Plug & scan: “USBs” and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan them.

Connect With Care

  • When in doubt, throw it out: Links in email, tweets, posts and online advertising are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete or, if appropriate, mark as junk email.
  • Get savvy about WiFi hotspots: Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your machine.

If You Think You're Infected

  • Act quickly: If you are notified, become aware or suspect your computer is infected, take immediate steps to remove malware.

Rhyme IT can help your workplace with all your Managed IT needs, including Anti-Virus Monitoring and Management, Anti-Spam Monitoring and Management, and Regular Vulnerability Scan and Report, to protect your company from malware and infections.

For more information on computer security:

3 Tips for Better Laptop Security


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