The internet is a great tool for many things, but unfortunately it can also pose a security risk for your personal information and privacy. Everyone who is connected to the internet needs to be aware of and have a basic understanding of how to protect themselves. Here are 7 things you can do to keep yourself safe…
Make sure you’re running a firewall, either software running on your computer or a hardware-based device.
2. Multiple Users
If you need to share your computer with other people, make sure there are rules in place of what they can and can’t do. This is especially true with kids – they have a tendency to download anything and everything, without any thought for how it could affect the computer and the information on it.
Backup your data on a regular basis – particularly anything you couldn’t easily replace. If your computer is ever infected by a virus or some other security problem, you could lose all the information on it. Having a backup will save you from losing it permanently.
4. Avoid Unknowns
Avoid clicking links in unexpected email messages or downloading files or attachments that you weren’t expecting. These things can lead to security problems and virus infections. Even if someone you know sends you something, don’t click it until you verify they meant to send it and it’s safe.
5. Avoid File Sharing Software
Programs like Kazaa that let you download music and other pirated files often include spyware and adware that can cause your computer to run very slowly or not work properly at all. Avoid the temptation of installing these things because they’re just not worth the hassle.
6. Disconnect From The Internet
Most high-speed internet connections are “always on” – whenever your computer is turned on, your connection is active. If you’re not using the internet, it’s best to disconnect from it to keep your computer safe from unexpected attacks or infections.
Make sure you have a good antivirus program installed on your computer and – most importantly – you keep it updated. If your antivirus is not up to date, you might as well not be running one at all.