Simple Tricks for Non-Techno Nerds to Improve PC Security
The Internet provides a wealth of information, entertainment sources, social media networks, and the likes. But, as everyone knows, it is also a rich source of all kinds of malicious software that could potentially damage or steal important data on your device. Computer security is a major concern these days, although not everyone seems to care about this; at least not until they find all their files destroyed or their credit card information stolen because of a bad online transaction.
Here are a few basic tricks to help improve your computer or device’s security.
- Always remember that just like in real life, nothing is ever free on the Internet. When you see a pop-up ad that says you get a free Laptop computer if you click on the link “NOW!”, stop and think for a moment. Who on earth would give away free laptop computers in exchange for virtually nothing? Pop-ads are the most common sources of spyware and other malicious programs.
- Think before installing new software, even if it’s from a trusted source. Be sure to read the end-user license agreement or EULA every time you install or update your software. Would you willingly sign a contract without reading its contents?
- Make sure you have the latest security software installed on your computer or mobile device. Never settle for a pirated version of a reputable security program. Computer viruses and malware constantly evolve and there are new types of malware being created every day; so, it’s crucial that your security software continues to evolve as well.
- Be sure to secure your wireless network. Your wireless network is designed to provide you easy access to the Internet without the burden of being tethered physically to a modem or router. But if you can surf the web through your wireless network, so could anyone else.
Changing the way we approach Internet security is the first step in making sure that all our personal information and sensitive data doesn’t get hijacked or destroyed by an aggressive data-purging virus that may invade our devices.