Keeping your computer secured is an important task that everyone should take seriously. Think about all the personal data that you may have stored on the local hard drive of your computer. You can easily see why it is important to secure your computer.
The most important thing you can do to keep your computer secure is to use common sense. Don’t visit web sites that you don’t trust, use strong passwords, and limit access to your computer.
With regards to computer software, always have a good anti-virus and anti-malware application installed and running in the background. There are many good free choices available, so you don’t need to spend any money for good software. Ensure you make it a habit of running both the anti-virus and anti-malware applications on a regular basis. This will help ensure there are no hidden problems installed on your computer.
In addition to an anti-malware application, look into installing a good software firewall. Much like the anti-malware applications, there are also good, free choices available for a software firewall.
If you connect, or manage a wireless network, ensure that it is also secured. Having some connect to your wireless network can be a huge issue since they may be able to connect to your computers once they are connected to your network. Always use WPA/WPA2 with a strong passphrase. By strong I mean at least 10 characters in length and consisting of mixed case, numbers and punctuation.
Much like the long passphrase, ensure that all the passwords that you create, whether online or on your local computer are also long and not easy to guess. Never use simple passwords such as “password”, “123456”, birth dates, or anything personal about you. With regards to passwords, the longer they are, the harder they are to crack.
By following a few simple rules, you can keep your computer secure and harder to access, which will help keep your data safe and protected.