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5 Practical and Simple Guides To Defend Your Computer from Hackers

Most computers store important information. And if it is connected to the internet, your computer will be a potential prey to hackers and your information can be accessed from distant places, from other computers, without your knowledge (or permission). Whether it’sfor business or personal, computers must always remain secured.

There are many ways that hackers could access your computer and while there are ways to be a victim, there are also ways to prevent this from happening.

But before we get into the solution, we must first know the enemy.

The two common problems that your computer picks up on the internet are virus and malware (malicious software), or spyware. They are acquired through clicking links or advertisements and downloading.

Viruses can mess up your computer, shut it down, and lose your data and information. On the other hand, malwares are spies in your computer. They can trace browsing and it can detect the movements of your keyboard. In short, it will know the information that you gave on any computer transactions (including online purchases).

Now, here are the 5 simple and practical guides on how to defend your computer from hackers.

Use Anti-virus or Firewalls

Although Anti-virus and Firewall doesn’t guarantee a 100% safety and security from hackers and viruses, they can still be of great use. Anti-virus alarms you whenever it detects a virus and malwares and it will enable you to remove any suspicious software. Firewalls prevent hackers from accessing your computer.

Also, keep your anti-virus and firewalls up to date. Updated anti-virus has the capability to match up against new viruses.

Update your Operating System

Hackers never stop learning new ways and finding security holes to access your computer. To lessen the risk of being hacked, keep your computer’s operating system up to date. Updating is improving. Developers are updating their system to patch-up any flaws and improve those that works.

If your current operating system has security holes, updating it would fix those lapses and it will be less likely to be hacked.

Don’t open spam emails or emails from an unfamiliar sender

Emails can contain viruses. We hear a lot of news about email viruses that infected corporate computers and mainframes. One good example is the Pentagon. In 2000, The Pentagon was attacked by the ILOVEYOU virus. The virus infected computers in Hong Kong, Europe and the US. To protect themselves, CIA, the Pentagon, the British Parliament and other big corporations shut down their email system. Its worldwide damage caused US $5.5 billion.

However, some hackers use familiar or famous company names in their domain names such as ‘Amazons.com’, ‘paypals.com’, making it slightly different from the originals and if you’re not careful e, you will fall in their trap. Emails from these kinds of addresses usually come with the subject, “You won $10,000!” or something that is hard to resist. If you can’t recall participating in any contests or lotteries, then you did not.

Avoid clicking links from unfamiliar websites

This can also be applied on emails. Some emails have links that will take you to their sites. To know where that link will take you, hover your pointer on the link. Doing this will enable you to see the complete address of the link. These addresses usually appear on a series of numbers like, 147.26.375.84.

Hackers also use advertisements and pop-ups. When you click these advertisements, your computer will be infected with its virus or malware.

Easy with those free downloads

Free downloads are hard to resist. That’s why it’s still one of the leading causes of virus and malware infection. If it isn’t from your trusted website, don’t click the button.

Free downloads come in many forms such as mp3, images, games, documents, and videos. Don’t browse websites with pirated materials such as Torrents. Minimize, if you can’t avoid, your surfing on… hrrmph!, porn sites.

If you have encountered one of these problems, or want to establish a more secured computer, intelligent iT can provide a complete package of security services. An infected computer will cost you time, money, effort, and lots of stress, with the lost data and accessed information on your computer. Especially with businesses when one errant action can bring down an entire network down. Don’t wait for this to happen to you or your business. Prevention is better than a cure. You don’t need a problem to call intelligent iT.

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