Top 10 Computer Safety Tips
Computer and data security are spoken about quite often because of their relative importance; it’s a conversation that can never go stale. In this article I have outlined several security tips and habits that all computer users should be familiar with. You can look at it as a checklist of things that you should be up-to-speed on, to ensure the smooth functionality of your system.
#1. Pay Attention to Policies
You should always be aware of the rules and policies regarding the usage of any public system. Usually you can find it posted on a wall, viewable at a desktop or at the help desk. It should provide you with specifics on your access rights, and the kind of usage that is deemed suitable.
#2. Regularly Back Up Your Computer
If your computer isn’t being regularly backed up, then all the data that you create on it is not secure. It’s not as difficult to do as you think which is why there is no excuse for you not to do it. There are many tools that you can use that make the whole process very easy, there’s the built-in Windows tools, which I recommend you do some research on.
#3. Install Internet Security Software
Malicious files are always a threat to your system. It’s recommended that you have at least one antivirus tool running on your computer, as well as one on-demand antimalware tool, such as extensively SpyHunter or Malwarebytes, which are capable of detecting and removing those hard to find Trojan horses etc.
#4. Use a Password Manager
When you use a series of strong passwords, it can be quite difficult for you to remember them all; this is where password managers come into the picture. All you need to remember is the one password to access the manager program and all the other passwords will become available to you, stored on an encrypted database.
#5. Don’t Download Pirated Content
When you choose to download software from unfamiliar sources, it can be very dangerous for your system; this is because such software has not been verified to ensure that it hasn’t been tampered with, as hackers like to inject malicious files into these programs. Clicking on links that seem suspicious is another way for you to fall prey to phishing scams, or expose your system to a virus attack.
#6. Use VPN on Public Networks
When using public networks, you definitely need to worry about your security. At the very least, you want to ensure everything is secure. The best way to remain safe while on a public network is by using a VPN or virtual private network. It’s designed to keep you safe. If you use a VPN just to remain anonymous, that may not be enough, especially if you’re careless with your identity, other than that a VPN is something everyone can do with.
#7. Be Aware of Key-Loggers
Key-loggers are programs that are designed to record your key strokes, basically anything you type on your computer. These programs can be loaded onto public computers and checked later by these hackers, all without the knowledge of the computer owner. It’s for this reason you want to avoid using your credit card on a public computer.
#8. Use Your Own Programs
It’s possible for you to carry your software around using a portable drive; this software could include your instant message program, your web browser and your word processing program. This means less information needs to be stored on the computer. You can access many websites that offer a variety of everyday programs, all free of charge.
#9. Don’t Put Sensitive Information on Social Media
When you go on vacation, it’ll be wise for you to not let too many people know, as there could be hackers out there following up on such information. You also want to conceal the kind of programs that you use. All of this information is like gold to a hacker. Do temper what you show to the public and what you do not.
#10. Always Lock Your System When Not In Use
It doesn’t take a considerable amount of time for your system to be compromised by another individual. If someone is able to physically access your computer, then there’s nothing stopping them from doing literally anything to it.