By Jerry Pierce.
If you are like 99% of the population you graciously allow Microsoft to update your operating system software on a regular basis and you probably (hopefully!!) have an Anti-Virus product installed which is kept reasonably current in regards to detection and protection mechanisms.
On newer versions of Windows, the “Action Center” can be checked to review the state of your systems general health in regard to a Firewall, Windows Updates and Anti-Virus protections being present and functional:
Unfortunately most people still overlook one of the most common infection vectors which we see as Incident Responders within Foundstone, which is your Browser and its associated Plug-Ins.
You can’t ever really be in that 100% “cannot be infected/compromised” state of mind because vulnerabilities are constantly discovered, but you can greatly decrease the chances of this happening to you by taking a few more proactive steps on your computer.