Securing Your Computer

Each day, millions of computers come under fire from viruses and worms that siphon sensitive information. Credits card numbers, bank accounts and even Social Security numbers fall into the hands of hackers from simple viruses that make their way to your computer. Most individuals believe that a simple anti-spyware or antivirus program will safeguard their sensitive information, which to some extent it will, but folks need more than just a program to ward off attacks.

A student of computer repair training knows that software, firewalls and updates all can help stymie the attacks of a hacker, but the unaware user may be left open to attack. Regardless of your operating system, you might want to ensure you’re protected to keep personal information safe.

  • Set Up Firewalls – A firewall functions as a protective barrier to keep hackers from entering your system. Routers, servers and personal computers tend to use firewalls to keep unwanted people out from a system. Most computers include firewall systems already built-in, but some older laptops or PCs may be using outdated firewalls that need an upgrade.
    A simple installation of this feature can spare you the headaches of dealing with credit card companies or canceling your accounts. Easy to install and use, a firewall serves as your best bet for securing your computer from any unsuspecting visitors.
  • Install Anti-Spyware and Antivirus Software – Anti-spyware and virus software is aimed more for the PC user. Designed to help ward off spyware – infectious bugs that can cause your computer to slow or steal information – software helps detect and eliminate any hazardous threats to your PC.
    Every website you visit. Every link you click, and even every email you open, can have potentially threatening spyware. Anti-spyware software helps reduce your chances of getting infections, while most do come at a steep cost, some versions are free.
  • Be Careful What You Download – The easiest way for viruses to end up on your PC is because of downloads. Unsecured websites, such as hosting and video-sharing websites, tend to have so much content it’s difficult to secure it all. What’s worse is users tend to upload content containing spyware, worms or viruses to infect your PC.
    Downloading content from untrusted websites Is the primary reason computers become infected. Even email attachments that you open from unknown mailers can be a threat. Every time you get set to download something, be cautious of the contents.
  • Update Your Software and Operating Systems – You know those pop-ups that appear asking you if you would like to update your system? Most of them provide essential security updates to keep out viruses and worms from infesting them. From Adobe to Microsoft Office, critical updates help secure your computer. If you’ve been prolonging the installation of an update, now’s the time to set aside some time to install it. Microsoft Certified Professionals will tell you, one of the biggest reasons why computers get infected is because users tend to skip updating their software.

Firewalls, updates and even downloads can all leave your computer vulnerable to attack. You want to take certain steps to secure your information. Some of these tips do require some money; others are free. Whichever method you choose, just make sure you are exercising some caution to safeguard your computer.

Sources

Gizmo’s Freeware (2011)

Federal Bureau of Investigation (2012)

 

Comments

  1. says

    Great post. Simple and straight to the point. It’s important that data is backed up regularily, a very important and often overlooked step to keeping your information in spite of a successful attack to your computer. An attack can wipe you completly out and leave you in a really bad position, with important information gone, as well as sentimental and personal data like pictures and video. Stay out of bad neighborhoods online and don’t click on popups if you don’t know what they are or they look funny to you. Also, if you think you have been attacked and your system is acting kind of querky, if you lack experience gets some help. Don’t try and dig the bug out yourself. You could actually make it worse. Talk to someone who knows how to properly assess your system, and has experience with security breaches.

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