4 Essential Tips to Keep Your PC Secure
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Nowadays, PC has been an indispensable part of human life. People use them in workplace and at home. With everyone using computers on a daily basis they are becoming more and more vulnerable to cyber criminals and hackers. And we have to face the reality that the Internet is unsafe. There are hackers trying to access your computer, worms trying to infect you, malicious Trojans disguised as helpful programs, and spyware that reports your activities back to their makers. It does not have to be this way. With proper tips and techniques the Internet can be a safe, useful, and fun place to visit without having to worry about what is lurking around the corner.
Tip 1. Install Decent Anti-virus Software
Anti-virus software is a must for almost everyone. Yes, they will slow down your computer a little, but it is a pill worth swallowing as opposed to being infected by a virus. By having an antivirus program running, files and emails will be scanned as you use, download or open them. If a virus is found in one of the items you are about to use, the antivirus program will stop you from being able to run that program and infect yourself. Moreover, Anti-virus applications have to be updated regularly at least twice a day. Make sure you check the settings. Also if you use USB thumb drives or external hard drives, do scan them for viruses– particularly if the drive belongs to someone else.
Tip 2. Keep Your Operating System Up-to-date
When operating systems are developed, bugs are unfortunately created that could cause security vulnerabilities or make your computer act unexpectedly. Due to this, operating system developers will routinely release updates and patches to fix any security vulnerabilities or errors as they are discovered. In order for your computer to operate smoothly and safely it is imperative that all users install updates, especially security updates, as they are released. Even though it’s annoying, but make sure you keep your computer up-to-date.
Tip 3. Choose a Strong and Hard-to-Guess Password
This is one of the most important tips to follow in securing your computer or other accounts. A strong password will help keep your data safe not just from hackers, but also in the unfortunate circumstance that your laptop is stolen. And it’s best to use a different password for each website your sign up to. If you use the same password at every site, and one of those sites was hacked, the hacker now has your account information everywhere that you have an account. They can now login to your email, see what other accounts you have, banks that you use, etc and gather even more private information about you. Finally, be careful about saving passwords on applications on your computer.
Tip 4. Set up a Decent Firewall
A firewall is a piece of software or hardware that (simply speaking) lets the good stuff in and the bad stuff out. The importance of using a Firewall on your computer or on your network cannot be stressed enough. Firewalls control the flow of data into and out of your PC and are essential for keeping out hackers. Most importantly, they prevent any malware (bad programs with viruses and the like) you might accidentally pick up from sending out your personal data over the Internet.