Here at TechStarters, we’ve seen all kinds of hack attempts imaginable. From PR smear campaigns, to viruses, bugs and even attacks on vulnerable IT infrastructures. Most of these attacks can be prevented with the right steps, but more often than not, they aren’t. Why is that? It’s simple – people don’t always know how to improve their computer security. Here are five quick tips to improve your computer’s security levels.
- Backup your computer’s data and settings regularly. Should a virus pop up, or your hard drive crash, backing up your computer’s data and settings on a regular basis can help set things back to normal…or at least just reduce losses. There are several ways to back up your data, including backing up files on the cloud, making a system restore point, and occasionally backing up your computer settings and files on a hard drive. If you’re not sure which you should do, ask an IT pro to help you out. They’ll know what’s best!
- Install software that helps you protect your PC. This includes installing anti-spyware kits, anti-virus programs, anti-malware software and a decent firewall. Protective software is going to be the bulk of what keeps you from being a victim when being attacked, and it’s also what will help you learn about often frequently a normal user’s computer is infected with viruses. (Seriously, if you don’t believe us, run a full virus scan once a week. You will probably end up with at least 2 suspicious cookies.)
- Don’t let just anyone access your machine. You wouldn’t let just anyone hop into your car and take it for a drive, would you? Your computer should be the same way. Do not ever, ever leave your computer logged-on and unattended in a public area. That’s the equivalent of leaving your car doors unlocked with the keys in the ignition in the middle of a bad neighborhood.
- Keep an eye on where you browse. Suspicious sites are more likely to have viruses, worms, and other issues that can cause damage to a PC. If you want to be smart about your browsing, never open suspicious emails, click on sketchy links, or visit sites known for malware. This is just common sense, but it’s just too often overlooked not to mention!
- Keep updated – on more ways than one. Obviously, you should always update and patch your protective software, since new viruses and malwares are created every day. Updating anti-malware software isn’t where this tip ends. It’s crucial to download the patches suggested for your operating system and servers, since they are meant to protect you from hackers. It’s also extremely important that you keep yourself in the loop. You never know what IT improvements or system vulnerabilities that may have just been discovered, that could protect or hurt you.
Your computer might hold some of the most important data you could own, therefore you should do everything you can do protect it!