Nobody wants their computer hacked or personal information compromised! So here are five guidelines to keep in mind to almost guarantee cyber security when browsing the web.
Be wary of attachments
With social media’s instant messaging capabilities and email’s attachment features, threats to your computer safety have just become more serious. Email attachments, most specifically, have become one of the many ways hackers use to unleash viruses to their recipient’s computer. By simply clicking on the attachment, the virus can start its attack. It is safer to not open attachments from unknown senders.
Install an antivirus software
Invest in an antivirus software that can scan your computer and detect dangerous websites. Some antivirus software may delete detected threats from your computer. Make sure you read the features of the software before purchasing or downloading it.
Update outdated software
Outdated computer software or apps may create “holes” to your computer security that hackers can find a way to get into.
Keep your passwords safe
This does not require special skills but it does require common sense. Though it is easier to remember, it is unsafe to settle for one password for all accounts. Using passwords that contain birthdays or names can easily be guessed. So choose a password that is complicated. Do not save it on your computer. It is better to write it down and keep it somewhere safe and far away from the reach of prying eyes. Don’t forget to change it from time to time.
Activate your computer’s firewall
You may activate your computer’s built-in firewall for added layer of protection. If it does not have a built-in firewall, you can install one. Firewalls are great at blocking unauthorized access to your computer.
By observing these five simple guidelines each time you log on to the internet, you can add a layer of safety to your computer and your personal information. Remember to always think and scrutinize before you click.
Article written by Jonna Lindawan
Jonna is a startup VA business owner who loves helping her clients grow their businesses through her skills in writing, customer service, research, data entry, transcription, social media management, and admin support. Visit her website here.