By simply having a Facebook and/or a Twitter account doesn’t mean you’re already a techie. And although almost every household has internet and PC installed, there are still a lot of people who gets confused with cyber terms that are seen online, especially for a beginner to understand the importance and basic know-how of having internet security. So, for someone that doesn’t have any educational background on Information Technology, here are some few pointers you can use.
Our parents taught us not to trust strangers, and the same thing goes in the cyber world. Online sites would always ask you for certain information such as your name, email, birthdates, password and other personal stuff, and it's not worth sacrificing especially if you’re not sure about the sites capability of keeping your information safe. Moreover, if you run over some applications from a fancy-looking site and you intend to have it downloaded, be sure to scan it over the best antivirus program before doing so.
To be able to surf online, you must first have an internet browser. You can choose from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and/or Google Chrome, and these are just a few out of the many internet browsers out there that you can use. Whatever you land into, be sure to make it a habit to upgrade your browser because it usually goes with a protection program that will help you fight security threats. Remember that prevention is better than cure.
Aside from protecting your information online, it is equally important to protect you personal computer. It won’t have the term 'personal' for no avid reason. And here are some pointers that can help you:
1. Logging in as an administrator is a big no-no
It is a misnomer that being an administrator prevents you from any malware harm. However, it's proven that using your computer on a normal mode is better, especially if you don’t have any installed software to give your privileges as an administrator.
2. Create an untraceable password
Passwords are used to verify the identity of the user, and having a strong one keeps your computer safe from any malware or viruses. It is best to create a password that is hard to crack in order to prevent any viruses in getting through. If you’re asked for a password, it is also worth to check the program that is asking for it. Be cautious when it comes to typing in your password into unfamiliar programs/sites because this might be prompted by a malware and not by the site you’re intending to use.
In creating a password, it is encouraged to have it all in alphabets with at least 10 characters. It will also help if it is created in a way not so familiar to the human eyes. And just like any secrets, be sure to keep the password for yourself alone.
3. Watch out for new updates
Operating systems and other applications needs timely updates. This is to protect your computer from any kind of malware that may attack your system. Other programs pre-installed on your computer such as games, browsers and media players also need to be updated.
It is best to let your software prompt you for any updates available to keep you reminded. However, you can also opt to do the updates manually by checking it from time to time and through the help menu.
4. Defend yourself from viruses
It is worth it to install the best anti-virus program because it will totally protect your computer. There are a lot of programs or software that you can choose from. Be sure to get one that can help you fight the upbeat atmosphere of PC protection, and that updates identification to new viruses and alike. Moreover, get one that can provide services such as real time scanning of applications, media and Drive Disks.
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