Computer Security – How to Stay Safe in a World of Hackers

Consider the latest – Die Hard. Some teenagers, few masterminds and trillions of dollar are all locked in a building, fighting to the last man, woman or child, Die Hard.

Do you follow security’s best practices? If your answer was yes, then you’d have some serious questions to ask. Because, think again. Teenagers are not sitting around watching SNICKERING HOOK, VIRUS or MACINTROMANTINE, making sure that their computers are free from THEFT. Teenagers are not hacking into systems, whether at home or at school.

How can this be, if your teenager is keeping your computer free of tampering? Think about this: Do you know the owner of every computer at your home?

If your answer was yes, then you could be the next victim! Current computers are not as secure as they could and you should take steps to ensure that your computer is kept free of people who want to use your computer.

Once a person breaks into your computer, they can delete files and harm or destroy other files. Other people can read your data files, which could be harmful to you and your computer. Even giving your computer system passwords, just like how you protect your bank account information. Someone might use your computer to send emails pretending to be someone else. Email accounts are set up to look like someone else’s account, and then they steal your information, such as usernames and passwords, personal records or pictures.

You can see that trouble is around, and that it’s good to be both cautious and safe with your computer. You don’t have to be an IT security genius (although you probably are!)); but you can learn to be on guard for dangers. And there are things that you can do to make your computing safer.

Alarm: Be Wary

Your first line of defense is to put alarms in your computer. Something like “All Data Accords with This Computer” is a basic step for anyone using a computer.” A small alarm will go off in a “All Data Drive” device, once someone breaks into your computer. You can lock onto a specific computer, for example, and then change the password so that someone can’t get into it again.

Also, you can put harmful software on your computer that makes your computer “Hack Proof” also.

Personal Firewalls

A firewall is a program that allows you to block harmful programs “spam” and blocks any suspicious incoming files, which are intended to be viewed only by trusted people.” You can set personal firewalls for your computer in order to block harmful programs that can “smother” your computer. When you’ve configured your firewall like that, it blocks all incoming spyware and trojans, it blocks all hacker programs, and it even blocks hackers who think they are doing something good. Because it blocks so many bad things, it is important that it is set correctly once you buy your computer.

Anti-Virus

To protect yourself from viruses, you should have an anti-virus software program installed. It should automatically update and have the latest definitions for viruses, which are created every day. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about updating it yourself. There are two basic things that you need to do to keep your computer protected.

First, when you get ready to download some music or videos, make sure that the website you are going to download it from is safe. A good anti-virus program will usually scan the program before downloading it.

Second, when you begin to download some programs, be sure to scan them, before installing them.

However, there are some things that you should remember. A good anti-virus program will never give you false alarms. It will tell you that the website it is trying to load is safe, and that it can load. It will not try to load viruses.

In addition, a good anti-virus program will work in conjunction with your firewall. It will scan your computer on an daily basis, as well as before you open any files or any doors on your computer.

There are some things that are not usually included in anti-virus programs. This includes a feature to scan your computer on a daily basis and block bad files from being opened. As humans, we are by nature, suspicious of anything that is not familiar to us. This is why the computers in our homes are usually placed in a safe, and are not left on our desk for anyone to use.

Also, computers are not secure. The internet is not exactly the secure thing that we as consumers and users always though it to be. The internet is very vulnerable.