6 Simple Steps to Protect Your PC from Malware & Hackers

By Jennifer Noble | Nov 27, 2017

Computer systems have their own risks even though their use is inevitable. The increasing security scares that have plagued the internet has left many computer users scared. For instance, Microsoft was criticized for disabling its update feature on Windows. Critics made claims that laptops were exposed to high-security breaches when Windows XP updates were stopped. On another case, Adobe was under fire when it produced a Flash update application that was not secure enough. These kinds of incidences make computers more vulnerable to security breaches. To help you protect your computer from hackers and malware attacks, here are 6 steps you can use.


1. Install a Firewall


Picture a firewall as an internal security measure for your computer. There are two forms of Firewalls, software or hardware. Each form of firewall creates a barrier between your computer system and unauthorized programs that are trying to access your computer through the internet connections. Most computers have pre-installed firewall features. Alternatively, you can purchase a firewall in case you want to pump up your security. In essence, firewalls notify you of threats to your computer, giving you a chance to secure your computer before the threat becomes a breach.


2. Keep windows up-to-date


Windows security features are hot spots for hackers because they always try to bypass these features. This is why Microsoft occasionally updates its system. The updates are usually downloaded and installed automatically via the windows update component. To enable this setting, one has to intentionally install the updates automatically. This can be done by simply typing “Windows update” on the start menu box, change the settings by scrolling down the list and choose the option of install updates automatically.


3.Use a VPN


Installing a good VPN can help you protect your browsing experience from hackers. A VPN uses different encryption protocols to create a virtual “tunnel” that is encrypted to secure traffic between your device and a VPN. The security layers in the VPN keeps your browsing and internet activities away from hackers.


4. Install an antivirus software


An Antivirus software prevents attacks from malicious programs. When an antivirus detects a Trojan horse, a virus, a worm, adware or malware, it will begin to disarm it and clean it from your computer. These malicious programs can infect your computer to the point of preventing your computer from booting and even corrupting your files. Before purchasing an antivirus program, check its review from different users and review its rating. Always shop for the latest antivirus options.


5. Install a Spyware


An antivirus is charged to protect the computer from malicious software, but an anti-spyware protects the computer from spyware attacks. Spyware is an installed application that runs devious activities in the background. It allows other users to gain access and to monitor your activities on the computer. The spyware is charged to gather confidential information about your activities. If you don’t have an antivirus software in your computer, you leave your computer vulnerable to spyware attacks, making it easy for people to steal your identity and cause your computer to crash on some instances. Installing an antivirus program, updating your windows operating system, and updating your browser helps you to minimize these risks.


6. Use secure and complex passwords.


Having strong passwords that are complex is the first line of defense from hackers. There are several websites that recommend a specific format for passwords, and this should cut across to other applications. For instance, you need to use at least an 8 character password that includes a special character like an exclamation symbol or curly braces, numbers, uppercase and lowercase letters. The reason as to why at least an 8 character password is used is because a five-character password can be cracked within 5 minutes.

 

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