A Guide to Computer Security

It is vital to protect your computer against the nasties of the outside world. It’s important to protect yourself against potential dangers as your computer may be under threat from a virus, malware or hacking.

Most computers experience some kind of security breach during their lifetime but as long as you are aware of how you can prevent this from happening you will be in the best possible position to protect you computer. 

Most people don’t think further than installing security software, but this is not guaranteed to fully protect your computer, and so it is important to be sussed on the software out there that provides security for your computer. 

Computer security software offers a peace of mind amid growing risks such as a Malware attack. Malware is a program or file that is harmful to a computer user, and isn’t always detected by security software. Identity thieves and hackers also pose a risk to your computer system. Without security software, computers are an open invitation to hackers. 

Follow our simple steps to wise up to some computer security tricks and minimise the chances of being infected.

Anti-Virus Software

The first step in protecting your computer is to install an Anti-Virus software straight after setting up your computer.  Anti-virus software is used to prevent, detect and remove malware. In order for it to be most effective, you should run it  in the background at all times when you are on the computer, and set daily reminders to update your software so that it can recognise new versions of viruses. 

You can also pay for anti-virus software, but reputable free ones work just as well. 

Search Google to give you an idea of what is the best software out there, and be sure to double check all suggestions. There are some fake anti-virus programs, so we personally advise you to download the trustworthy AVG anti-virus software.

 

If you want to use trial versions of paid security sites, sty clear, as your anti virus will be of no use once it has expired, and you will continue to get regular and annoying pop-ups telling you so! If you want to pay for an anti-virus software, we suggest Norton AntiVirus, which costs from £30-40 pounds a year.  

Take care when browsing

The chances of getting a virus increase when browsing the internet- be careful what websites you visit, and if you want to download something then scan it before opening the file. Don’t download media or pirate software as they may be infected with malware. 

Back up your data

If the worst happens and a virus attacks all your data, you will be grateful to have backed up everything. This is an easy process, and Windows Live SkyDrive is one good option available if you choose to back up data to an online storage space, or you can use an external hard drive that is located outside the computer. You can even use CDs and DVDs to back up.

Strong password

Do not use a single password for all your accounts. When creating a password, make one that is not easily guessed. Your password should consist of at least 8 characters and you should also try to use upper case and lower case letters along with numbers to make your password more unique and therefore harder for hackers to access. 

We hope our tips have helped you keep your computers safe. If ever you need emergency help with your computer, one of our team will be more than happy to help. Simply give them a ring on 0800 107 1175 UK landline or US landline 1.866.805.2448