If you are someone who conducts a lot of business on their computer, and even personal finance and shopping, then computer security should be something that you spend a bit of time thinking about. It can be a bit mysterious to some people who aren’t that computer literate, however there are some common sense and easy steps that you can take to ensure that you computer is safe and that all of your data and transactions are secure and not able to be stolen.
Data theft is on the rise as it becomes more and more profitable for hackers to steal information. Additionally, malware and spyware has become much more advanced, allowing would-be hackers access to even more information than they used to.
Here are a few things that you can do to ensure that your computer is safe and secure and that you’re following computer security best practices.
Use Anti Spyware Software
This is a piece of cake. There are a bunch of software programs out there to choose from but not all of them are created equally. If you do a bit of research you will quickly suss out which programs are considered the cream of the crop. I recommend using Malwarebytes or Spyhunter 4. Malwarebytes does have the distinction of stopping threats that are incoming before they get onto your computer, but you will have to purchase the Premium version. If you’re looking for information on whether or not the Premium version of Malwarebytes is worth it, then you can check out this article at http://www.wehatemalware.com/is-malwarebytes-premium-worth-it/ . I personally use Malwarebytes premium to protect me from internet threats such as drive by installations and downloads. Even reputable websites can get their advertising hacked and then you’ll be vulnerable.
Ensure You Update Software
In order to protect from the latest threats that exploit security holes in software and operating systems, you must allow your software to run updates to the latest version. The easiest way to do this is to enable automatic updates – the software will download and install updates automatically and you won’t have to remember to do it or do it manually. If you don’t update then you will be vulnerable to security holes.
Back Up Your Data
If you back up your data you will have a great line of defense against ransomware and other similar hijacking attacks. Ransomware locks your data behind unbreakable encryption and asks for money to unlock it. However, if you have good data backup then you can simply wipe your hard drive and start over. I recommend that you use something like Backblaze so that you’ll never have to remember to back up your data. Backblaze automatically backs up any new files that you add to your computer and runs constantly in the background with very little system resources. I highly recommend this!
Avoid Internet “Bad Neighborhoods”
This means to ensure that you don’t visit certain internet sites that are known to be “bad actors” in the past. This includes adult, gambling, download and torrent sites, and hacking sites. These are the pinnacle of threats and if you go browsing these sites then you’ll expect to come away with some sort of malware or virus.