Computer security is one of the biggest issues facing us these days. Hacking has become a rampant problem, and one of the worst things that one can do is leave their data unprotected. So much of our daily lives are conducted on the internet nowadays, and more and more of our personal information is flying around out there in the ether, waiting for some hacker to get their hands on it. This is why there is a constant fight between good and evil: white hats vs black hats. And then what will you do with the grey hats in between?
Anyway, there are definitely some steps you can take in order to mitigate your risk of computer security breaches.
One of the fist things that I suggest to people is to ensure that their software is up to date at all times. This means activating automatic updates even if you don’t like them. Yes it’s annoying, but you’ll never be overly vulnerable to any security holes that might be in the software. Most of the time patches and updates are there to fix security holes in software, and if you’re not updating you’re leaving yourself WIDE open. This is why it’s very important to turn on those updates even if you find it highly annoying.
Another thing that you can do to ensure that you’re protected is to frequently sweep your computer for malware. You can use one of a few good spyware removers such as Spyhunter 4 or Malwarebytes. These programs are great and there are several great reviews of them out there online so you can pick and choose which one would be best for your situation and pricing.
In addition to protecting yourself from break-in’s you should also back up your data every day. This is especially true if you have non-replacable data on your computer. Think about ransomware, for instance; would you rather just reboot your computer from a saved backup, or fork over 10,000 in order to unlock your computer from the clutches of some evil malware or ransomware? The choice is yours – ensure that you’re running an adequate backup program and stay up to date on any updates.
One other thing that you can do to ensure that you’re on top of things is to bookmark and read security blogs. I like reading Wired Threat Level because they always seem to have interesting stories and topics. Another great blog is Krebs On Security. These two are my favorites – they almost read like a crime novel! They are also very good at helping you to stay up to date on the latest threats so that you can be on the lookout for them. Remember: knowledge is power when it comes to digital security and the more you know about scams the faster you can spot them in the wild.
Last but not least – ensure that you’re running an adequate antivirus software program. YES this is still necessary. Some people I know seem to think that there is no need for these sorts of programs anymore….like they are out of date and something that ended with the 90’s. NOT TRUE! You should always have antivirus software running on your computer.