Friday, November 9, 2012

Computer Security: Tips for beginners to prevent security breaches

The presence of computers in this world has simply revolutionized the way people work, pay bills, shop and keep a check over their accounts and communication part with others. Computers can be called as a new home for them since it carries a wide range of valuable and classified data. Hence it’s a cool idea to have things locked and remain alert all the time to secure it. The people like hackers simply look for a chance to access your computer simply to steal vital information like bank details, and other business related data for their own interest. Also, there are number of viruses that attack your computer, which simply need some costly computer repairs. If you are among the novices, the following basic security tips could help you in protecting your computer and avoid security breaches.

Choose a robust password
Passwords are the best ways to lock your computer system. They should be picked with utmost care simply to prevent the intruders to crack it using their knowledge or via some software programs. So, while choosing a password, make sure you use a combination of letters and numbers. You need to avoid things like your date of birth or writing anywhere where others could easily access. In any case, you shouldn’t be giving your passwords to anyone. Consider this as a basic rule to prevent security breaches.

Build a stiff Firewall
A firewall is simply like a fence which people build around their home. It makes the task of intruders difficult to enter inside your computer. This is more required when you use high speed internet via your local cable provider since the gateway from PC to the web is open the moment you start your PC despite doing nothing over your computer. You need to check whether your PC hardware or software has the built-in firewall or not. If your PC is not having a good firewall, consider downloading this software from web or simply purchase one. You can even customize the Firewall as per your requirements.
Shied your PC from viruses
Your PC could be infected from viruses coming via emails or via USB, from any software you download over your computer from the web or even by simply visiting any website. Your basic defense at this juncture is to arm your PC with a competent antivirus program. You can buy one and install it over your PC. Before buying any, make sure you get the one which updates automatically, competent to repair damages caused by any virus. Check for other things like spyware and adware before downloading anything, scans the emails before you check them and update you about the various online threats.
Update your antivirus and OS frequently
Hackers and virus makers often find new ways to attack your security you have kept inside your computer. In order to nullify their efforts, you need to update your antivirus programs, which the software producer offers you on a regular basis. Also, you are supposed to keep your firewall and operating system updated. The regular updates would simply make the security in your PC strong thus nullifying all the efforts of hackers.
Take a back up
As you often use safe deposit box to secure your priceless things, in the same you need to safeguard all your vital things which are found in your PC by having a proper backup. This will keep all your vital data intact hence in case if the hard drive of your PC is crashed due to some virus attack or from any other kind of disaster, then with a proper backup, you could have everything secured. Things like your financial records, original artwork, important write-ups, research work, and work files, which are difficult to reconstruct and these must be backed up on a regular basis. You can use CD’s and DVD’s to secure big size data.
Final word
If you in case encounter any security breach, don’t panic; instead report this to your ISP or hardware vendors. These people would guide you on this problem. However, if you follow the above security tips for protecting your PC, you are not supposed to encounter any security breaches in your computer.
About the author: Brianne is a blogger by profession. She loves writing, reading and travelling. She contributes to Engage BDR

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