Organizations and persons are increasingly facing risks when handling their data. The computer is the main target since this is the medium for which a lot of people use to process and store their data. The various threats that your computer data are susceptible to are theft and damage. The theft could be as a result of people physically breaking into your house or business premise and stealing the computer. Damage on the other could be due to natural occurrences such as floods, fire to the computer. Secondly, malicious attacks by people could also prove disastrous.
To mitigate against all these risks, there is a need to go an extra mile to secure your laptop/machine and the content therein. Among the reliable methods to secure your computer data are:
Update the Security and Software Systems
A lot of people tend to ignore prompts for upgrading their security and software. This should not be the case since manufacturers of these software are continually doing a review of their products and identifying existing gaps. Once these gaps are identified, they will rectify them by sending prompts for upgrades. These upgrades not only add extra features but also provide a cover for identified security gaps. Always check your PC for any notification on the impending update.
Always Raise Your Antennae
The rule of the thumb when working with computers is always to be suspicious of random emails sent to your inbox. Your PC and to a more significant extent your data can be compromised if you open an email or a link therein.
If it appears to be not legitimate, delete immediately. While email filters are useful to potential flag attack, they are not foolproof. Criminals and hackers are increasingly outsmarting the computer settings.
Enabling the Firewall
The firewall essentially acts as a barricade between the internet and the network or computer. The firewall blocks all the ports that enable communication with your computer. This then stops any threat from getting into the computer system. The firewall also prevents data from leaving the computer. Malicious programs are then prevented from getting into the computer and causing damages. Firewalls need not be physical. They can be inbuilt in the system.
Adjusting the Browser Settings
Technology has made it possible to adjust the following while browsing: security and level of privacy. The importance of adjusting the browser setting is that the risk of hackers using malware to attack your computer is reduced significantly. Secondly, you can block cookies so that your movements are not tracked.
Installing Anti-Spyware and Antivirus
Information technology experts agree that antivirus is not entirely foolproof but is among the reliable methods to secure your computer data. If you are tight on funds, there are so many free programmes available. Antivirus help fight spyware which is a malware that will secretly cause infection to your computer. Once it has gotten into your system, it starts to gather information which is then sent to third parties. In most cases, sensitive information such as login credentials or passwords is stolen.
Finally, regardless of the method you use, the main objective should be to secure the data.…Continue Reading