The Importance Of Keeping Your Computer Secure

Posted: May 23 2019, 1:12am CDT | by , in Technology News


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The Importance of Keeping Your Computer Secure

The devastation of having your computer compromised and important information stolen is something all too many people have experienced. Today’s hackers are even more determined and knowledgeable than ever before. We share more personal details online today, and hackers are like hungry sharks swimming around their prey, ready to pounce.

Despite this, you must have computers and devices today, as they form part of the fabric of modern life. You’ll be left behind if you don’t. Your only recourse is to make sure that your computer is secure and less susceptible to hacking.

1. Viruses

It is essential to equip your computer with antivirus software. Like a regular virus, a computer virus is invisible to the naked eye. A virus enters your computer without you even being aware it’s there. Once inside, a virus is hard to get rid of and can cause the loss or theft of sensitive information.

A good antivirus software program scans anything you download to make sure it’s free of viruses. It also scans your computer regularly to make sure no viruses have made their way inside. Use your antivirus software to scan USB devices like memory sticks before you open them.

2. Network hacking

One of the things few people take into consideration is network security. If they’re on a secure network, they assume they’re safe. This is an incorrect assumption. A secured network might be a little more challenging to hack, but it can nevertheless be hacked.

To add an extra layer of protection, users should utilize a VPN (a virtual private network). Bear in mind that if a hacker accesses your network, they have access to all the devices connected to the network. Different programs offer Windows, Android, and iPhone VPN options.

3. Spyware

Spyware infiltrates your computer and can allow someone access to your information and data supply.

There are four types of spyware:

  • The trojan is disguised as a legitimate software download such as a flash player update. The trojan is used to access sensitive information.

  • Adware tracks your browser history. It is designed to use your history to predict what you’re interested in and display related advertisements.

  • Cookies track your searches and downloads for marketing purposes.

  • System monitors record your keystrokes and allow access to your passwords, browser history, and email account.

4. Password protection

Spyware and other malicious software (malware) give others access to your information, including passwords. This can affect your online banking services, allowing people access to your money. They can transfer money out of your account within seconds. Make sure your bank uses one-time pins (OTPs) texted to your cell phone to confirm all online transactions.

Most people have their bills emailed to them. If your email password is compromised, you allow someone access to all this private information. Set complex passwords that aren’t easy to crack using a combination of alphanumeric and non-alphanumeric characters. Avoid using the same password for multiple sites as a login.

5. Unsecured websites

When you go onto a website, and your computer tells you it’s unsecured, it means that using the site makes your computer vulnerable. As you go onto the website, the browser search box will tell you if a website is secure or not. Proceed with caution onto an unsecured site.

Having good antivirus software is a must as it will warn you of imminent danger to your computer when you access such sites. But remember that antivirus software is a hacker’s worst enemy. They are continually coming up with ways to overcome it. Older software might not protect you, so always check if a website is secure before you use it.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/2" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Manfred "Luigi" Lugmayr () is the founding Chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 25 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets, tech and online shopping. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology news and tech and toy shopping hub.
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