Once it was said by one of my computer teachers that “If it is on the internet it must be visible and accessible.” Now after spending 9 years in the Cyberworld, I realized that every word she said about the internet dangers and threads was 100% true. The Internet is not safe enough as we think. You will never be able to completely hide your data from top-level authorities and even in some cases from the hackers. You can only make the essential moves for your satisfaction but you can’t rely on your secure moves.
It is just like making some simple security measures for your home or office. Applying security firewalls like security cameras, guards, bars, electric wires etc. will protect your office or home from a low-level robbery but what will you do in case of a gang of thieves? There will always be someone beyond your security measures. The same formula applies when you want security for your computer while you are on the world wide web.
So, how much security you need for your online privacy protection? Just like securing your home, you can also apply basic security measures for your online protection. Here we have listed few most useful security steps that every computer user should consider and think about before going to the endless Cyberworld. If you are really worried about your security and data protection from hackers, virus and even from your internet service providers (ISPs), then please go through these essential security checkpoints that might be enough to provide you basic security.
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To keep Your Computer Secure, Apply these Security Measures
Keep Your Software Up to Date
It is important to keep your computer as well as all the software up to date. You are supposed to install the latest updates on your device. For older devices & software the company doesn’t offer enough security measures. For this, you have to turn on automatic updates. Use secure browsers such as Firefox, Chrome etc.
Secure your Browser for Breachless Security
The browser is the main source that connects you to any third party app or website. Almost all the reputable browsers are considering secure if you keep them updated.
Don’t Open Links That Have Spammy Characters
Most of the time, internet users receive links from unknown resources and they ask to open it for more information. This is harmful and might be a form of a virus or hacker way of entering your computer.
Always Use Good Password Mechanism
Most of the people keep their passwords simple to trace. It is recommended to use a separate password for all of your online accounts. Don’t use the world-famous passwords such as “password”, “password123”, “Admin123”, your name, date of birth, or anything like these.
Think Before You Click
Most of the people ask “How to Keep my Computer Safe”, but they don’t think before doing an activity online. You are supposed to think before clicking on something especially when you are asked to click on the link for information or any irrelevant ad. Most of the downloading and unknown websites host malware that will transfer to your computer once you click on.
Protect Sensitive Data
If you are using the internet for the online transaction then this step is for you. You need to be aware of the data grabbers on the internet. Always use your sensitive data on a single computer or mobile device. Don’t open your transaction accounts on any public computer. Use a secure browser i.e. Incognito mode in the Chrome browser for your online transactions. Don’t keep your data on your computer.
Keep an Eye on Your Smartphone
Mobile devices are the most commonly used devices for internet use these days. Always lock your smart device with a strong PIN or password. Don’t give your device to everyone, but only to trusted friends only if necessary otherwise avoid this also. Don’t click on unwanted links. On Apple devices use “Find my iPhone” for Android always use “Android Device Manager” to help device loss.
Install Anti Virus on Your System
Nowadays most of the Operating Systems contains built-in Anti Virus software, you just need to keep it updated on regular intervals. If you need another software than the builtin one, then try to use it from a trusted provider. As in some cases, an Anti Virus software works as a Virus and Not ANTI.
Keep a Backup of your Data
Data loss can occur at any time, that is why it is recommended to keep a backup of your data on regular basis. If you have the backup of your data and you become a victim of a security incident, then it will be easy to repair your data from the backup.
In most of the cases, hackers use your own data to access your account. Don’t share your personal details such as email, username, date of birth, mobile number etc. with everyone.
Use a VPN for Data Transfer
A VPN offers you a secure tunnel for sending and receiving your sensitive data. No one will be able to see through your personal data as they will see a changed version of it and the original one will always remain the same.
Make Sure your Router is Secure
Most of the internet service providers (ISPs) offers you a free router and modem when you start using their services. Make sure your router is secure and this can be done with a firewall. A Firewall simply allows the trusted data to your system and remove the bad stuff out.
Don’t Visit Dodgy Sites
Most of the porn type sites have a bunch of virus and when you open they simply transfer to your computer and as a result it slows down your system and also creates a threat to your personal data. We have seen that when we open the certain type of website, on click ads start popping up. These unwanted ads are very harmful as in most of the cases they are not real ads bu Virus on their backend.
Never Trust Public WiFi
A public WiFi is not secure enough as you think. These connection are not encrypted. In this way, you are supposed not to open your personal data with a less secure connection as someone might be there for stealing your passwords and transaction details.