You need the best computer protection advice available to keep yourself online in today's digital world. Ken's article covers the main areas computer users need to know.
Internet safety is a must, but how do you know where to start? With hacks and scams running rampant across the internet it is no wonder you can feel overwhelmed at the thought of protecting your data and your computer.
There are a few simple
things you can do that will protect your computer and shield you from identity theft (Opens New Window).
The first place you should start is to educate yourself. This is the best computer protection advice available. You need to know what kind of scams are out there so you can avoid them.
If there is attachments in an email
that look fishy, do not open them. This is one of the most common ways hackers
spread malware,so if you are in doubt, better be safe than sorry.
Phishing scams are another popular hack out there. Phishing is when hackers pretend they are a legitimate company. PayPal experienced this not too long ago.
The hacker sends out an email with the company logo on it and even has a website setup for you to input your login name and password. Once you do this, they have access to your account.
If you are unsure the real company is sending you information or something doesn’t seem right, physically call the company. This is the best way to resolve a problem and they will be happy to know there is a scam out there so they can put an end to it.
Free software (Opens New Window) is another baiting tactic hackers use. Do not install software that is free from the internet. Chances are it comes with malware, adware, and spyware.
Furthermore, do not give access to your computer to a third party. This is another way people will try to get your information.
A firewall is placed between your computer and the internet. It is either hardware or software and only allows the right types of data to cross the firewall.
You may be wondering if you do have a firewall. If you have a router, you have one type of firewall that stops random networking internet threats from connecting to your computer.
Malware can get into your computer in very sneaky ways. It can sneak in through email attachments, clicking on links, or downloading software.
Make sure you have a malware scanner installed on your computer to watch for any threats. As soon as it detects a threat, the scanner will remove them, making your computer safe again.
It is important not to download free malware software from the internet. It is a good idea to purchase it from a reputable company to be completely safe.
Furthermore, ensure your malware software is up to date. Install any updates and set the scan to every day. This way, you will not miss anything and neither will your anti malware.
Chances are you have a home WiFi network set up (Opens New Window) so you can access the internet remotely.
The network should be secure, meaning you need an access key and password to connect to it. If you do not, make one as soon as possible because anyone will be able to get into your network and retrieve your data.
While out and about, it is a good idea to use secure network connections when you are accessing your email or other online accounts. Secure connections, such as those with https, use encrypted connections so they are harder to hack.
If for some reason your computer happens to get hacked or becomes infected with malware, you want to be sure everything is backed up physically.
Make sure all of your data can be retrieved either through a cloud backup service (Opens New Window) or an external hard drive. In case anything happens, you will be happy you have your data easily retrievable.
Keeping your computer safe should be a top priority when surfing the internet or backing up your files. Furthermore, having anti malware and antivirus software installed adds an extra layer of protection.
Take these tips and put them to good use to minimise threats so you can browse safely.