Tips On Keeping Your Home Computer Safe and Secure

Tips On Keeping Your Home Computer Safe and Secure

Keeping your computer safe and secure is one thing that most people struggle with. You can have the most complex password in the world that includes alphanumeric keys, update your antivirus software at intervals, yet be subject to identity theft.

In this article, we will show you how you can keep your computer safe, make money using it via and secure it even if you have zero experience in cybersecurity. Read on to learn more.

  • Check your firewall

Checking your firewall may sound complicated, but it is not. If your personal computer is a Windows machine, you can go to the control panel and type “firewall” in the search box. If it shows that the firewall is “connected” or “on”, your computer is safe. On the Mac system, you should click on the Apple icon visible on your toolbar. Then, go to “system preferences”. From here, go to “security”, then “firewall”. Ensure you have a firewall strong enough to keep our hackers. Your folders should only be shared on the home network. If you do not want your files being visible to other people or computers, you should disable file and media sharing.

  • Back up your data

Backing up your data is useful in the event that you lose some or all of your files. You can back up your data using a physical storage medium like an external hard drive or a storage service like Dropbox or OneDrive. The online services have an edge over physical storage because you can automatically sync your account with your personal computer and never have to manually move your files. Also, depending on your chosen plan, you have no storage limit.

  • Stay away from questionable websites

This can be a bit difficult. However, there are a few things you should look out for when visiting a website. One of such is the “https://’prefix in the address bar before the URL. This code specifies that a website is secure, especially when entering credit card and baking details or inputting just any information at all.

  • Keep sensitive information private

You probably already know that you should never give out your social security details or your credit card information unless it is a trustworthy website like Beyond that, not-so-relevant information (you may think) such as your son’s name or your pet’s name may lead to identity theft in many ways you may not be able to construct.

  • Do not open unknown emails

If you find an email from an unknown source, you should never open such. Discard such email as you receive it. More importantly, you should never download or open the attachments or web links contained in unknown emails no matter the enormity of the deals being offered.

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