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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Essentials of Computer Security
We rely on our computers for just
about everything these days, from paying bills to staying in communication with
our friends and loved ones. But the worldwide web can be a dangerous place,
filled with people who would like to hack your machine and gain access to your
information, such as passwords, accounts, and security. The key to avoiding
these online crimes is to know the essentials of computer security. If anything
ever does happen, get it to your computer repair shop right away for help
fixing it. Here are four computer essentials for everyone to stay safe online.
Firewalls are a small piece of
hardware or software that blocks certain types of information from entering
your system. The term “firewall” comes from the auto industry, where it is a
literal term as a wall between the engine and the passengers to protect people
in the event the engine catches fire. In the computer world, while it will
likely not do much if your computer is on fire, it is a wall between you and
the security threats. You can set it to protect against specific threats or
file types, especially those you know that will be dangerous.
Virus Scanning Software
The next step is to have an
up-to-date virus scanning software installed on your computer. There are
several to choose from these days, but most have the same basic features:
protection from spyware, malware, adware, and viruses that could harm your
machine, or worse. Even with a firewall, some computer viruses will manage to
get in, so an updated virus scanning software is essential to catching them
early before they can do damage. If something does happen, take it in to
Computerfix Salt Lake City for a thorough review.
Updated Security Software
Yes, software companies are
always coming up with new, updated versions of their operating systems and
software that require you to update those programs on your computer, which can
be hard, but it’s critical that you do. Within every system there are “holes”
that computer hackers can find and exploit to take advantage of the machine.
Computer companies have teams working nonstop to identify these holes and fix
them before a hacker finds them; however, sometimes it cannot be avoided and
you will have to use your security software to scan and eliminate the threat.
Spyware and Malware Scanners
Your computer is a treasure trove
of information for advertisers and companies alike. However most people believe
that what they do on their computer, including online, should remain private.
When spyware or malware is installed on your machine inadvertently, it silently
collects data about what you do, your shopping habits, your internet browsing,
and more. Often this information is sold in transactions to a third party,
intended for nefarious uses. The most common way your system will become
infected with adware, spyware, or malware is through “free” software downloads,
which are often the packages for installing spyware on your computer. If you
can avoid it, try not to download any free software to your computer, or if you
must, be sure to run your virus scanner afterward to avoid any major spyware or
malware problems. These programs can also cause you computer to slow down and
run poorly, which can be an early sign of the problem.
In addition to all these
important computer security essentials, it’s important to back up your machine
at least once a month (so you don’t lose important files in the event something
does go wrong), and set strong passwords for all your online and offline
accounts so they are hard to hack.