Today, Thursday, June 4, 2020

Five PC Protection Tips

Having a computer with internet access can be a lot of fun and will offer you many options that were not otherwise available to you. Spending time on the internet involves a certain amount of responsibility-a responsibility to protect your computer as well as yourself and your privacy. There are a lot of hackers and viruses out there just waiting to invade your computer. Hackers are people that are able to access your computer without you knowing it. While they're accessing it, they can also steal personal information. A virus is a program that, without your knowledge, can be loaded onto your computer. They can use up all your available computer memory, make copies of themselves and even destroy all your data. Some viruses are transmitted across networks. You're vulnerable to viruses and hackers whether you use high-speed internet or dial-up access. Before you spend too much time browsing, chatting or purchasing online, read these five PC protections tips.

Make sure you always use anti-virus software. There are more than 500 new viruses discovered every month. To be protected from the new viruses, you have to keep your anti-virus up-to-date. New computers usually come with some sort of anti-virus, which will be effective for a certain amount of time. After this period, you'll need to pay to keep it in force. There are still a couple of free anti-virus programs online but, in some cases, you get what you pay for.

Always use a Firewall, which is like an "internal padlock" on your computer, protecting your computer and all information you have stored on the computer. Most computer operating systems (Windows XP, Apple MacOSX, etc.) have firewalls already installed on the computer, but you may have to turn them on. A firewall may be either software or hardware that protects your computer from unauthorized internet entering or leaving your PC. Firewalls block certain types of communication or programs from entering your computer.

Always use an SSL (Secure Socket Layer) anytime you use the internet for transactions that involve sharing any personal information about yourself. Before you type in any sensitive information about yourself, make sure you are on a secure server. The best way to make sure you are on a secure server is to check the URL. A secure site will start with https: rather than http.

Password Protect your computer. Even if you think you're the only one to ever go on your computer, protect it with a password that only you know. If you're letting someone go on your computer, make sure you type the password. Make sure your password is something that only you will recognize. Almost every internet site you visit will ask you to register with an id and password. It's even more important here that your passwords are unique.

Use Extra Tools to protect your computer. In addition to your anti-virus software, many computers and software offer extra protect such as firewalls, email filters and additional anti-virus or anti-spam ware. Don't be afraid to use these for extra protection.

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