Internet is a global system that has taken communication to another level. Its periodic evolution has benefited equally consumers, businesses, and hackers. Threats to your security and privacy are found in every corner today. The following are the few important steps you should do to stay safe online.
Virus Scanner: Install a powerful antivirus that will locate and delete viruses and malware from your your PC's hard disk. A real-time virus scanner will do this job more effectively as it notices the arrival of external threats before they even hit the disk. Also, it is vital to update the virus definitions as new viruses are launched everyday.
Use a Firewall: A firewall acts as a barrier between potential threats and your system. Firewall, either a software or hardware, allows only certain data types to pass through. It allows web browsing and email checking but disallows Windows file sharing.
Stay Updated: Most software vulnerabilities have proper fixes for malware exploits. And most of the time, users simply fail to install the latest updates that prevent virus infection. The best thing to do is enable automatic updates in Windows and apps.
Educate Yourself: Despite all the precautions, the most important aspect in Internet Security is you. Do not open any suspicious links or any email attachments from unknown sources. Be aware of phishing scams. And, do not install any free “software” without checking its legitimacy because such free “packages” might be loaded with malware.
Physical Security: No system is secure if there is not physical security. If other people can physically access to your system then it is easy to get all your unencrypted data. A experienced thief can bypass login passwords if he has access to your system.
Back Up: Though Backup is not exactly “security” it is the best way to recover files in case a security related issues occurs. Having a backup copy of all your data will restore and undo the damage done by viruses and recover data if your PC is stolen or lost.
In today's computing world, is it our responsibility to ensure our own online security.