Do you use your computer for everyday tasks such as banking and shopping? If so, then you should definitely make sure that you are following computer security best practices. Malware and hackers are everywhere, and with the proliferation of online business and banking it has never before been more profitable to be an online data thief. Not only that, but hackers are getting more and more advanced in methods to steal your passwords and other useful information. No longer is it just enough to run the free version of Norton and get away with it. You have to truly invest in not only some good security software but you should also ensure that you are following some rules in terms of other safe habits as well.
Ensure You Back Up Your Data
Since the most destructive malware programs involve “ransomware” that hijacks all of your data and locks it up behind unbreakable encryption. If you have recently backed up your data, then you won’t even have to worry – you can just format your computer and start fresh. However, if you don’t have a backup, then it’s time to worry. Unless you have the key (which you would have to pay a ransom for) then you might be out of luck completely.
Besides defending yourself from data deletion and corruption, backing up your data will also protect you from loss or just the simple failure of the components on your computer. Although solid state drives aren’t known to break as much as old style hard drives, it is still a possibility that your computer will suffer damage and you will lose data.
Employ the Use Of Protection Software
“Use protection!” If you are doing any sort of sensitive stuff on your computer like banking or shopping and using your financial information, then you want to make sure that you are running the latest version of a reputable antivirus AND antimalware software. These are two parts of a well crafted defense against the dark arts of all the bad stuff that’s floating around out there. I highly recommend getting a program with active defense against internet browser attacks as well as redirects and drive by installations. I highly recommend Malwarebytes. Sometimes people ask me whether or not Malwarebytes premium is worth it, however I answer that with a resounding yes. It has protected me from lots of would-be attacks.
Always Update Your Software
If you’re not allowing your software to automatically update itself to the latest released versions then you are missing a huge aspect of online security. These updates are usually aimed at repairing security holes that hackers like to exploit. If you aren’t updated then you are vulnerable to attacks.
I highly recommend that you enable automatic updates because let’s face it, nobody remembers to update their computer software.
Avoid Bad Internet Neighborhoods
When browsing, avoid adult, gambling, and hacking sites. These are known bad areas and you increase your chances of attack by quite a bit if you surf these sites.
In closing I hope these tips help you have a safer computer experience. It’s a wild world out there and hackers want to exploit everything.