It may seem like a trivial task to many, but your computer security protection is not. You should consider it carefully and take your time to learn the most important steps.
9 Steps to take to safeguard your computer security protection
- Use an Antivirus program
- Install an anti-spyware program
- Regularly install Windows Updates
- Watch out for e-mail attachments from unknown sources
- Use a -preferably hardware- firewall
- Backup your system on a regular basis
- Implement strong passwords
- Be vary careful of which programs you download and install
- Use File Encryption if privacy is an issue
The way cyber crime works is by exploiting human nature. Human nature is basically built on trust, you trust what you hear or read on the news, radio, television or newspaper. You trust the mails you receive, labels on packages and you more than likely to trust your spouse, partner or children.
Abusing that trust is the main tactic cyber-criminals employ to get what they want, which is usually your private information stored on your hard disk or the credentials you supply when logging into your bank online.
Take for example a simple e-mail message. A cyber-criminal can easily spoof – or forge – where the message came from, tempting you – the trusting – consumer to click on a link which in turn installs some malware on your computer. The result being that your files might get destroyed or even hijacked by the attacker.
Your first line of defense is to install an anti-virus program. Installing an anti-virus program ensures that you are at least protected against viruses and some of the better known spyware programs. To complement that, you should also install a dedicated anti-spyware program.
The Windows operating system is known to be less than perfect and new security loopholes are being discovered on a regular basis. Fortunately, security fixes are free for you to download which is why you are advised to turn on automatic updates when using a Windows computer. They are free and can only enhance your computer security protection.
A firewall is an extra security guard between your PC and the internet. The firewall controls the traffic and applications that are allowed to connect to the internet and vice versa. It checks incoming as well as outgoing traffic. If you get yourself a simple SOHO router, the firewall is built into the router, hence the name – hardware firewall.