Tips to keep your personal computer safe and secure

Tips to keep your personal computer safe and secure

We are living in an extremely volatile world where our information is always on the cusp of being leaked. To some degree, things are out of our hands, but that shouldn’t stop us from taking necessary steps to shield us from unforeseen events. Here in this article, we have put forth some key tips to keep your personal computer safe and secure.

  1. First Line of Fire

If you’re an avid gamer, you have most likely disabled the firewall to make it easy for you to game. The firewall can be a nuisance to deal with, but it needs to be turned on to ensure that your computer is safe at all times. Even if you are technologically inept, you can easily maintain your firewall settings. Both Windows and Mac provide easy preference settings that help you maintain your first line of fire that protects you from malware and risky content.

  1. Data Back up

We cannot emphasize enough about how important it is to back up your data. Backing up your data helps you out when your computer suddenly crashes due to failure in the internal systems or due to a natural event that leads to increased electrical discharge. But our primary reason on why we think you should back up your data is to fend off ransomware viruses that can take hold of your sensitive information. If your sensitive information isn’t copied to the cloud or an external drive, then you will be forced to cough up huge amounts of cash to get your information back.

  1. Rogue Websites

You have to have a keen eye for detail to spot a malicious website. First and foremost check if there is a green lock next to the web address; if the green lock icon is present, then you are in the clear as that website is secure. Another important detail to keep in mind is to check whether the website’s address starts with “https”, as most malicious websites will start with “HTTP”.

  1. Email Deals

It is best to stay away from emails that have been generated from email ids that you are unaware of. It is quite easy to spot a rogue email; a clear way to identify a rogue email is if it offers something that is too good to be true. Emails such as you have won a gift card for $1000 seems like you’ve hit the jackpot but it is very likely that by the end of the day, you might be losing a lot more and we are sure that you will never get that gift card as well.

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