Today i will explain you how to secure your computer by just simple and easy ways. This will help you to protect your computer from viruses, Trojan attacks and also from hackers.
1. Install anti-virus and anti-spyware software:
Install Anti-virus and on your computer before you start surfing the first time. The difference between a computer virus and spyware is that, a virus is a malicious piece of computer code that can be implanted on any computer and it can result in destruction of the file systems of your computer and can be transferred from one computer to another and spread like the biological virus. A spyware is a program that collects information about you without your knowledge or consent.
2. Keep your computer firewall ON all the time:
Most anti-virus soft wares come with a firewall. If the operating system that you are using is Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) or Macintosh OS X, then it has an in-built firewall. Usually, the firewall is off when the computer is shipped to you, so make you read instructions on how to turn on the firewall. A firewall prevents direct communication between your computer and another computer (a hacker’s computer).
3. Turn on the automatic software updates feature:
Turn on the automatic updates feature of your anti-virus, anti-spyware, OS, and firewall on and stay current. This is a good online computer security measure. It is important that you have the most current protection. Hackers search on the internet for computers that are either unprotected or don’t have the latest protection features. Hackers can hack into your computer and install software on your computer. This will enable them to steal login details of your online bank accounts, other membership sites like Ebay, Paypal etc. and also send Spam emails that appear to originate from your computer. Sending Spam emails that appear to originate from your email address can result in your account being revoked!
4. Store your computer information safely
Storing your computer information safely can help the technician who is fixing/ restoring your computer. For example, on Windows, Click Start and then choose Run. This will bring up small window wherein you need to type ‘msinfo32′ without the quotes. This will bring up a system window. On this widow, choose the file menu and then Export. Export your system information on to a CD. Similarly, for other operating systems, search on Google.com for information on storing the system information on a CD.
5. Backup important files:
It is important to back up important files. Determine what you would do to restore your computer if it has been attacked. Pretend that your computer file system has been corrupted and then what steps would you take to restore. You will realize that having a backup can make things easy for you.
6. Use strong password authentication:
When you signup for an online membership like online bank, , Paypal, Ebay etc., do not use weak passwords that can make it easy for people who know you or have your some information about, easy to hack. Using your significant other’s name, child’s name, pet’s name etc. are weak. Use something stronger like first letters of the address of the house where you were born concatenated to your birth year or something along those lines. It is best if the password is NOT some meaningful word!
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