How to Have a Secure and Safe Computer?
In this advanced world with intelligent technology around you, your data is not safe until you know all the hecks that can be used to deceive you and how to secure your data and your PC from alterations and cybercrime. In Swaziland most people are aware of the basic safety rules applied for the security of their PCs, such as having antivirus software installed and updates or establishing a strong password for online accounts and updating them regularly. But to make your online experience extremely secure and safe from cyber thefts, read this article till the end.
- Check your firewall status now and then, it sounds complicated, but it’s not that difficult. For example, in a Windows-based system, type “firewall” in the search box, and Mac click the Apple icon on your toolbar, “system preferences’,’ “security,” then “firewall.” Firewalls are extremely helpful in keeping the systems from cybercrimes.
- Do not share unnecessary files and data on the home network, and you can also disable file and media sharing completely.
- Maintain a habit of backing up your crucial data from time to time in an external hard drive or using different internet services such as Carbonite, Dropbox, or Kaspersky PURE that also provide the backup feature. By having a well-maintained backup, you can never fall prey to ransomware.
- Be extra vigilant while shopping online, entering your credit card details, or accessing your webmails. Always make sure that the URL of the banking site has the code prefix “http://” and a green lock in the address that shows that this site is not a scam and you can safely proceed.
- Do not click on fascinating deal links; instead, visit the original website and proceed with your purchase.
- You not only have to be careful with your credit card details and your details, such as your parents’ names or date of birth, that can conveniently lead to identity theft or social media profile hacks. Because this kind of data mostly becomes the answer to security questions on some other website.
- Avoid opening emails with an unknown and suspicious source, do not share your pictures or videos in random emails without confirming the source address. Delete and block emails and sites with suspicious content and advertisements. All this can prevent you from cybercrime. Be safe and never misuse your accounts to cause others any trouble.