So you’ve gone out and purchased a brand new computer, and hopefully it’s one of these babies that we introduced you to a few posts prior.
If it’s not one of them, then, ‘tsk tsk’ on you, but we still love you here at advice how, so we’ve decided to help you out anyway.
See, the thing is you have a computer, and it’s good you do. But, and this is a huge but, have you made sure you’ve secured your great new piece of tech? I mean, you don’t need advice how to tell you how damaging malware, viruses and intrusions on your system can be. So read on for the best 4 tips on how to secure your computer against the bad guys of the computing world.
Back Up Your Data Online
I hate losing data. Despise it. And the worst is losing my music. I have been Djing on and off for about, what, 12 odd years now? And I have, through sheer bad luck (and huge doses of irresponsibility I’m sure) managed to lose my entire music library not once, not twice, but three times. And the most recent loss came like 2 weeks ago. So I’ve decided to, and put up a note on my home screen that reminds me, “BACK UP”.
And it’s simple as chips. Just head to SkyDrive and get yourself an account. Follow the instructions and sorted, you can now upload your important data to a secure, remote location where it stays safe from attacks.
Check Your Firewalls Regularly
Firewalls are an integral part of systems security. It helps you from stumbling across black sites that then try to take over your computer. The best part is Windows provides Firewalls built into their software suite that you need to ensure is enabled at all times.
To Activate your Firewall on Windows:
Go to Control Panel
Check Firewall Status
The firewall should be on, if it isn’t don’t wait, hit that on button straight away.
Anti-Virus your Computer
Viruses can cause immense damages to your loved device and it’s essential you take all the relevant steps to protect yourself from these little bringers of doom. You need to get yourself an Anti-Virus suite and while there are numerous titles available on the market, I tend to just go with Norton or McAfee. They do charge a bit, but it makes sense to me to pay for some system insurance and security no?
It’s no point having a whole suite of software to protect your device and then not bother with the updates that are released by the developer. You have to realize, there is no one shot trick that saves you from viruses. Software’s evolve in the face of new codes and threats. If you don’t update you will leave yourself open to the latest, and as a result, more sophisticated, attacks. Just stay safe and stay updated.
So that’s that. Advice on how to protect your Computer.