Computer Internet Security
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Computer Internet security is still very important in today’s era of high technology devices. In the past, you may have thought that this was not an important topic. However, history has shown that if you do not protect your data, or computer devices, you can leave yourself open to hackers and their nefarious schemes. If you do not believe that this can happen to you, think of companies such as Experian, Yahoo, and some big name retail stores who have had their data stolen.
In some cases, hackers use software that immobilizes systems with ransom being demanded for them to be unlocked. The prevalence of systems being breached confirms the notion that systems need to be protected.
You probably have thought about ways to enhance your computer Internet security, but for one reason or another have kept putting it off. It is not too late to get serious and take some affirmative action. These six steps are just what you need to get started.
Step 1: Identify Potential Threats
For computer Internet security to be effective, you need to create an effective plan of action. Whether you use a desktop computer or laptop, it is indeed essential that you identify potential threats that exist and be aware of how access may be gained to your data. Most people think of the nameless hackers lurking in cyberspace just waiting for the opportunity to invade their computer. While this may be the foremost issue, bear in mind that there are individuals around you such as friends, business associates, friends of friends, or even associates of family members, who if given the chance, could gain access to your computer and obtain some confidential information.
When using the Internet to pay bills, or just checking account balances, make sure that login information is not stored in an open environment where it can be easily found. Account login information should never be stored on your computer. This will place bank account numbers, credit card information, and other private data at risk of being accessed by unauthorized individuals. The point here is that you should take steps to ensure computer security from potential threats both within your sphere of influence as well as beyond.
Step 2: Computer Lock Down
If your computer is accessed remotely through the Internet, having password protected files would add another layer of security to protect these files when your computer system is actually running. This means having both a good password to lock you computer from unauthorized access, along with different passwords to protect files you want to keep private.
Using a combination of letters and numbers, both upper and lower case letters, and being able to remember the passwords created are important for the best protection. It is advisable that you never use common every day items like birthdays, kids or pet names, telephone numbers or any such information that may be known by someone else. This makes it easy for the person who knows you personally to gain access to your computer.
Along with enhancing computer Internet security, one of the easiest things you can do to minimize computer access by unauthorized persons, and the most overlooked by most users, is to simply lock the computer when not in use. Whether using your computer at home or even your business computer at work, you should never leave your computer running unattended for any length of time without having some sort of locking system in place.
Most computer operating systems such as Windows, Linux and MacOS have a timing feature enabled that locks the screen after a period of time has passed. There is also the feature where the computer goes to “sleep” when not in use for an extended period and, upon being “awakened” requires a password for logging into the system. Make sure that these features are enabled.
Step 3: Disconnect
No computer Internet security software or firewall system can be considered 100% safe all the time under all circumstances. With new forms of malware, ransomware and viruses being created each day, there is always a chance that your current computer security firewall could be breached. However, there is a 100% solution to online threats that is rarely considered by most computer users which is actually free and very easy to do. Simply disconnect your Internet connect from your modem when not using your computer. This physical break in the path from the Internet into your computer will minimize any type of online threat that currently exists.
Step 4: Onboard Security
Computer Internet security solutions include software that can protect your computer system. It is amazing how many computer users today still ignore the need for good quality computer protection. With rapid advances in technology, computer protection software also has to keep pace with new threats as well.
Computer virus software including those packaged with the operating system and most free versions have improved tremendously when compared to a few years ago. There are some who believe that free anti-virus software may not be robust enough for protection. In this case, look for software that have Internet firewall features, some come bundled with virus protection. Also important is software that can detect and delete trojans, malware and ransomware.
Step 5: Backup Important Data
The information on your hard drive is important. It is therefore necessary for this information to be backed up often to another drive or computer where it can be available for use. If a hacker should gain access to your computer and eventually lock you out from accessing your files, you should be able to get to those files from the back up copies you have created.
Backing up your files is also necessary as this provides a sense of relief should your hard drive fail. Remember that computer hard drives do sometime fail. They will not last forever and over many years of constant use, they will sometime refuse to boot or give you access to the files on them.
There is no time like the present to start taking the necessary steps to create a plan of action to help improve your computer Internet security. Tomorrow may be too late!