Beefing Up Your Computer Security

Posted on 02/22/2016 By

internetsafetyIf you’re an avid internet user then you should know that keeping your computer and all your personal data secure is your utmost priority.  There are a few things to do that you probably already know about, and a few things that you may not know about as well!  That’s why we’re here – to help you think of new ways to safeguard yourself online and help determine any blind spots or things you might have missed.

Stay Up To Date

First of all, one of the biggest things to understand about computer security is that things are changing all the time.  New threats pop up on the regular.  New technologies will bring with them new vulnerabilities.  The best defense is to stay up to date on tech news.  Bookmarking and regularly visiting blogs such as ARS Technica and KrebsOnSecurity is a great way to beef up your knowledge of current tech events.  Knowledge is power.  You’ll learn what to look for in the latest phishing schemes, know what websites to avoid, and how to safeguard your data even better using the latest in authentication methods such as two factor authentication.

Use The Best Antivirus And Antimalware Software

You can’t always avoid getting a virus because you never know where they will come from.  The best way to prevent these scallywags is to use antivirus software.  The top program that we recommend to our clients and friends is Norton 360.  This program is light, clean, and provides real time protection.

However, sometimes malware will sometimes circumvent this great software because malware looks like a “legitimate” software program – whether you want it or not.  This is what happened to me when I got hit with the Conduit software.  It took over my browser without warning and Norton 360 didn’t do a thing.  I had to use Spyhunter 4 to get rid of the damn thing.  It actually piggybacked off of a freeware software download – I should know better, but sometimes we all make mistakes.

Steer Clear Of Bad Neighborhoods

This is kind of in conjunction with the previous tip.  Try to avoid bad internet neighborhoods that are often known for distributing malware and viruses.  This includes warez sites, hacking sites, adult sites, free software sites, and more.  There are a lot of incidents associated with these types of websites and it shouldn’t surprise people if they get a virus after visiting one of these bad zones.

Keep All Software Up To Date

We highly recommend that you ensure that all of your software is kept as up to date as possible.  This can sometimes be hard to remember to do, so we also recommend that you enable “automatic updates” which is usually a feature on most software programs.  This will let the software download and install updates as soon as they become available.  This will protect you from most of the junk out there.  Software updates are 90% of the time about adding and patching security features and holes.

Got Any Other Tips?

If you have any other tips we would love to hear about them!  Post a comment below with all of your suggestions.