Today’s digital world faces several threats, from cyber criminals out to steal sensitive financial information, to DDoS attackers trying to steal bandwidth, from ransomware operators to scammers of various hues, and more. New threats emerge by the day. Here are the best ways to keep your computer safe amidst such heightened threats.
Keep the Firewall “On.”
Keeping the firewall “On” or “enabled” is one of the easiest ways to keep your computer safe from Trojans and other suspicious traffic.
The default firewall that comes with Windows home PC offers only “inbound protection,” by blocking suspicious incoming traffic. Installing a two-way firewall that blocks suspicious outbound traffic as well offers security even if the computer already happens to be infected.
Install Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware Protection
In today’s age of heightened virus threats, anti-virus, and anti-spyware suites are indispensable to keep your computer safe. Such suits scan the system for virus and other malware and offer real-time protection against threats. These suites block access to harmful sites and prevent the download of malicious files.
Disable File Sharing
A big security danger, often overlooked, is file sharing settings. If file sharing is enabled, anyone connected to the network can access the files in the folder. Make sure file sharing is off for all folders by default, and whenever file sharing is enabled, deactivate it when the need ends. Sharing the root drive is especially dangerous, as it gives automatic access to all the folders and files in the drive.
Download Updates Promptly
Cyber criminals always discover vulnerabilities in software code, and very few software is totally free from such vulnerabilities. Updates contain fixes for vulnerabilities and ignoring such updates run the risk of cyber attackers infiltrating the system by exploiting the vulnerability. As such, it is always a good idea to download the latest updates issued by software vendors.
Safe Browsing Ways to keep Your Computer Safe
Of all the ways to keep your computer safe, browsing habits rank very high on the list. Cyber criminals are always on the lookout to infiltrate computers and steal valuable information such as financial data and passwords, and they do so by tempting users to click on links and download files containing malware.
Among the top safe browsing habits, avoid dubious websites, refrain from opening unknown or unsolicited email attachments, and do not click on offers which may be tempting, but nevertheless too good to be true. It is also a good idea to install an anti-phishing toolbar, which would block access to a phishing website.