5 Tips to Improve Your System Security
Cybercrime is everywhere and may people fall victim to it every day. However, there are ways you can protect yourself and improve your system security. These five tips will make it harder for people to access your computer and information.
Install Anti-Virus Software
Think of anti-virus software and anti-malware software like your own immune system. You wouldn’t do well without one, and your computer won’t do well without anti-virus/malware software, so you need to have these installed. Of course, once they are installed, make sure to keep them up to date. Viruses and malware are changing all the time, so just like you might get a yearly flu shot, you need to update your software whenever necessary.
Don’t Install Questionable Software
If you didn’t initiate a software installation, or you have never heard of the software or company, don’t install it. It may be malware that can monitor your information or even steal your information. Usually, if it’s a well-known company like Microsoft or Adobe, you don’t need to worry, but if it’s someone you’ve never heard of before, scan the installation first with an online tool like VirusTotal.
Avoid Pop-up Ads
Some ads are safe. For example, if you search for shoes on Google, you’ll probably notice some sponsored ads on the right-hand side of the screen. These are usually okay to click, especially if it’s a company you’ve heard of before. However, if you are unsure, it’s always best to avoid it and go to the website yourself. Whatever you do, however, never click on pop-up ads. They can be filled with viruses and malware.
Delete Suspicious Emails
If you get an email from someone you don’t know or the email looks suspicious, don’t even open it. Simply delete it. Even simply opening the email could unleash malware or viruses onto your computer. Never download or open attachments unless you know who sent it to you. Lastly, never reply to random emails from “your bank” or another site you use that is requesting your account information, address, social security number, etc. Banks never do that, and most companies won’t randomly ask you for that info.
Secure Your Network
If you have a network without a password, that’s like leaving your front door unlocked when you leave your home. Anyone can use your network to access your computer and get vital information. Always secure your network with a password. Anytime you make a password it should be unique and complex. The best passwords use upper case, lower case, numbers and symbols. Never make your password something personal, such as your child’s name or your favorite pet.
Computers are great, but when you don’t use them properly, you can make yourself vulnerable to hackers and people who want to steal your information. These five tips can help keep your computer and personal information more secure.
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