10 Best Practises to Protect your PC
Ten Commandments to Protect your PC:
Please find below the ten best practices you can follow to protect your PC:
1.Regularly update your Operating System to the Latest level of Patches.Majority of the PC users use Microsoft products as their OS. The Windows operating system has lots of vulnerabilities and you can protect your PC by checking the Microsoft website for the latest Hot Fixes. Some of these Hot Fixes are not needed, so the best would be check what the latest Hot Fixes and update those which are needed, depending on your application.
2.Update your browser for latest patches and fixes. Most of the viruses and trojan horse installation takes place through email and normal browsing. If your browser is update to date, this would be a added protection for your PC.
3.In this authors opinion, Internet Explorer is the most widely used browser. For the same reason, most of the viruses and vulnerabilities are written to exploit this browser. Using other browsers like Mozila Firefox and Opera might minimize your risk.
4.Install a good Antivirus software on your computer and make regular updates.This is a must. Also make sure that you update the antivirus software at regular intervals. The best practice is to automate this process. This way you dont have to check everyday whether any updates have released. The software will do it for you. If you dont have a antivirus software, you can download free antivirus softwares which might well serve the purpose like AVG.
5.Scan your computer for viruses on a regular process. The best practise will be to automate this process so that the antivirus program will scan your computer when you are not using your machine, example, in the night when you are sleeping or during your lunch break.
6.The most popular source for the spread of viruses and vulnerabilities is through email. Make sure that your emails, both incoming and outgoing are scanned. More importantly, do not open any attachments unless you are sure that is not an unknown .exe file. Scan your attachments before opening them.
7.Dont use your PC in administrator mode for normal browsing or day to day use. Some of the viruses and vulnerability codes require administrative access to execute. Your machine might be infected, but if the user logged in doesnt have administrative access, your PC might incur damages. This is just another added precaution.
8.Install a spyware program on your computer and do regular scans. Even the best antivirus softwares might not be update to date in terms of spyware detection. Spyware softwares are by far the most dangerous in nature, as it can open up your private life and even lead to identity theft.
9.Enable pop up blocker on your browser. Many sites have too many pop ups and some of these pop ups might have dangerous code. Dont click on everything you see. Clicking on everything you see is an open invitation to viruses and attacks.
10.Be cautious in online chat rooms and IRCs. Do not accept files through file transfer from strangers, example yahoo chat. A safer way would be to request them to send it as a email. And where possible, try to use the numerous email services available like Yahoo mail, Gmail etc. These email servers would automatically scan a file before downloading to your PC. In the case of your ISP related and personal domain related emails, every provider across the globe might not scan your attachments and files for you.
Protecting your computer is your responsibility. Identity theft is becoming the Number One Crime in many of the developed countries like US. Protecting your self against this upcoming crime can protect yourself from Financial losses, loss of data and theft of personal information.
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