How To Keep Your Computer Safe
Keeping Your PC Safe & Secure
Security has always been a top priority when it comes to keeping one’s computer safe and as with ever expanding web and technological advancements in the last 30 years. It is rather a important aspect we all should pick up and find ways of keeping our computing environment safe and secure for both business and home users a like.
Listed down, are a few ways to maintain security and safety for your personal computer from harm and unnecessary attacks that would render you hopeless and angry.
Check Your Firewall
Checking your firewall sounds complicated, but it really isn’t. If you own a Windows-based system, just go to your control panel and type “firewall” in the search box. If your firewall is “on” or “connected,” then you’re good to go. If you own a Mac, click the Apple icon on your tool bar, go to “system preferences,” then “security,” then “firewall.”
Making sure you have a firewall in place can go a long way toward keeping criminals out. Make sure that you share some of your folders only on the home network. If you don’t really need your files to be visible to other machines, disable file and media sharing completely.
Back Up Your Data
Backing up your data protects you in the event of a computer crash or electrical outage or surge, like a lightning storm might produce. It also helps if you fall prey to the newer type of ransomware, which encrypts your sensitive data. You can do your back-up manually by transferring important documents to an external hard drive, or using a service like Carbonite. If you don’t have a significant amount of data to store, use a service like Dropbox, where you get 2GB of storage for free.
Scan for viruses
What is a virus
A virus is a computer program written by someone presumably with the intent of spreading and causing grief. Like a human virus .
A virus scanner will locate and remove them from your hard disk. A real-time virus scanner will notice them as they arrive, even before they hit the disk, but at the cost of slowing down your machine a little, and occasionally even interfering with other operations.
Important: Because new viruses are arriving every day, it is critical to keep your virus definitions up-to-date. Be sure to enable the scanning software’s automatic-update feature and have it do so every day. A few a good examples of anti virus software to have are Avast, Kaspesrkey, Norton to mention but a few.
Educate yourself about the topic
Phishing is the attempt to represent one’s self – typically via email – as someone or some organization that you are not for the purposes of maliciously acquiring sensitive information. The most common examples are … continue reading »
Not all of the protection in the world can save you from yourself. Therefore its important to follow a few simple steps to protect yourself;
- Don’t open attachments that you aren’t positive are OK; attachments are one of the most common ways that malware sprads.
- Don’t fall for phishing scams. Be skeptical. Phishing is a common way that online accounts are hacked into and can lead to more serious issues like identity theft.
- Don’t click on links in email that you aren’t positive are safe.
- Don’t install “free” software without checking it out first. Many “free” packages are so because they come loaded with spyware, adware, and worse.
When visiting a website, did you get a pop-up asking if it’s OK to install some software that you’re not sure of because you’ve never heard of it? Don’t say OK.
Not sure about some security warning that you’ve been given? Don’t ignore it. Research it before doing anything.
And of course, choose secure passwords and don’t share them with anyone.
Stay Away From Rogue Websites
Spotting a rogue website can be difficult, but there are a few things you can do to hone your skills. Look for a green lock in the address bar and the code prefix “https://” at the beginning of the URL while visiting banking sites, entering your credit card data or accessing your web mail. Be careful when shopping at a website that ships items from overseas, and don’t click on links sent to you in email messages, go directly to the website itself instead.
You can have applications like Ad Blocker installed on your browser to fish out those nasty pop ups or AD’s which may prove a potential threat to you. Ad Blocker can be installed on most browsers like Chrome, Firefox and Opera.
Avoid Deals That Are Too Good to Be True
If you see a deal for 90% off The Beatles Collection CD, it very well could be a knock off. Even worse, some sites are known to lure customers in with an amazing deal, and once they have your credit card information they’re never to be heard from again – your identity may be compromised and there’s not even a product to show for it. The simple rule of thumb here is: If it looks to good to be true then it probably is.
Never Divulge Sensitive Information
No matter what website you’re on be careful of the sensitive information you reveal. Although it’s pretty much common knowledge not to give out your social security number or credit card information unless you trust a website completely, you should be just as careful with your social media profiles as well. Revealing information as innocent as your pet’s name or mother’s maiden name could lead to identity theft, because you probably use the same data as the security question on some other website.
Avoid Opening Unknown Emails
Never open an email from an unknown or suspicious source, and definitely never open any attachments contained in them. You have to be careful of emails coming from people on your contact list as well, especially if the sender’s account has been hacked. If an email from someone you regularly communicate with has a suspicious link and unusual content, delete it and immediately alert this person that his or her account may have been compromised. This will help you prevent hacking and phishing scams where you may be a target.
There are a number of ways of keeping up to date and maintaining the computer so that it fight off new and old attacks without any problems. These can include the following;
- Enable automatic updates in both Windows and applications and visit Windows Update periodically. This will help update your computer applications and also offer security updates so as to maintain security.
- Update your anti-virus software regularly so that its up-to-date with all virus definitions to ward off attacks in the future. This can be done daily, weekly or monthly but its safer to do it on daily or weekly basis.
A great way to give yourself an overall umbrella of protection is to use Kaspersky products. Its Internet security and anti-virus software protects you from malware, spyware, and viruses, and it comes with parental controls as well. Doing some of the legwork on your own certainly helps keep you safe, but use Kaspersky if you want to make sure all your bases are covered.
Do you know of any other ways to protect your personal computer? Then feel free to share with us our views in the comment section.
Author: Allan Bangirana
Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre who is passionate about tech, games, entertainment and lifestyle news. He enjoys writing about anime and many other topics.