The average computer user knows that most computers are vulnerable to viruses and other forms of malware.
Being online alone makes you vulnerable but what can you do about that most of use spend more time online than we do sleeping. As a security expert I can stress what we call hardening your computers security and how to keep your computer safe.
There are many ways to boost your home computer and reduce the possibilities of falling victim to keyloggers, which steal your information, viruses that damage your computers operating system, malware that intrude your activities and annoying popups that disturb your usage. Many users don’t know how easy it can be to protect there asset so with these simple 5 steps I am going to show you how to improve the security of your pc and note this wont take long….
1) Software Updates – I can’t stress enough the importance of updating your operating system and any software installed on your computer. These updates may seem like nothing but they are actually improvement to the security of your operating system as well as the functions of the system and can be done automatically if changed in your control panel, which I recommend highly. Now I know I have been referencing your operating system but all of your programs should be updated to ensure they are the latest and greatest and have all there security patches.
2) Secured Passwords – Your online logins and computer login should not be taken lightly I know it seems like nonsense but believe me I can tell you people often use their children’s first name with the day that they were born and If I know this believe those who are only trying to hack your accounts full time know this even better. This is what a secured password will look like this #cL85pP! a password that means nothing to you should consist of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols and be at a minimum of 8 characters. Of course the more characters the better and best practice is resetting your password every 90 days. Use this best practice for all of your online logins especially for your bank and shopping accounts.
3) Anti-Virus – This may seem like a given but thru my decade of removing viruses and Trojans I can tell you more than forty percent of computers lack an Antivirus software. Now I know some cant afford it and I understand but there are some you can use that are free likeMicrosofts Security Essentials which you can get here as well: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security-essentials-download
4) Firewall – Windows comes with its own firewall and should be left on for your protection and there are some other tools out there that can add an out going filter but if you are this far gone you will need professional support if your computer is spewing traffic.
5) Anti Spyware Tool – The last but not least peice to keeping your pc safe is using a a anti adware and spyware software. If you are suffering from popups you definitely have adware and spyware can some times go unprotected until your identity has been stolen so take this one serious. Malwarebytes is one of my favorite which you can get at malwarebytes.org and they do have a free version and the only down fall is that it doesn’t run on the background you have to run it manually to scan your system but it has save many of my clients and stand by it.
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