Anything that connects to the Internet is susceptible to coming down with a virus. While you probably look at computers as the many connection with viruses (they are), any other device can become infected. Due to this, it is important to know how to protect your device, whether you are using a computer, tablet or mobile phone. The more you know in regards to protecting the equipment the better off you are going to be.
First off, only download your content from reputable sources. As most software is now downloaded instead of installed through a CD or DVD, all sorts of content can be connected to the software. If you obtain it through a third party, you need to know you can trust this website or other service. It is always best to download the content either directly through the service provider’s website, or through Google, Apple, Microsoft or your other software and application provider. Any other website and, unless you know about it and it is confirmed to be clean, you run the risk of downloading a virus.
You need to install a firewall and virus detection software. Yes, even on your mobile phone and tablet. As more and more information is passed through your mobile device, the greater your need of obtaining a virus is. Now, there are fewer loopholes into these devices due to the minimal framework of a tablet versus a desktop computer, but it can still happen. Due to this, you need to make sure you have the system firewall set up and that you also have virus detection software installed. You can obtain free anti-virus software from your application service provider, so there is no need to pay for it.
Beyond this, if you are worried about your device, turn the Wi-Fi off when you do not need it. This is especially the case when using a tablet or cell phone. This can both save on the battery of your device in addition to improving upon your chances of protecting your device. If your equipment is not connected to the Internet, your device is not going to be able to download a virus.
While there are always smaller ways you can use to reduce your chances of becoming infected with a virus, these are some of the most important options out there for you, so you need to make sure and take advantage of them.