If you want your house to be safe and secure, will you handover your house keys to a stranger? Yes, I hear a ‘No’. When it comes to computer safety, most of the hackers find their job easily done because many users give out key information about their computers themselves. This happens because either they aren’t aware or are too optimistic. There is a term coined for this called ‘PEBCAK’, which means ‘Problem exists between chair and keyboard’. Many people are easily manipulated to give their important information to others like passwords etc. While personal intelligence and awareness matches nothing, let’s learn about some easy tips for our computer security.
- Use Mac OS or Linux instead of Windows. Windows is more vulnerable from the security point of view, while Mac and Linux are hard to crack.
- Keep your OS updated. Turn on the auto-updates feature, and let the updates install by themselves.
- Keep your browser updated. Outdated programs are an easy hit among hackers.
- Uninstall Java if you don’t need it. Most viruses are Java based and hackers love to use it.
- Uninstall anything that you don’t use or haven’t used in ages.
- Install a good anti virus software. Schedule a scan everyday, while you are not working and keep it updated.
- Clear the cache of your browser time to time; I use this service to delete my personal information from the web.
- If you must use a USB device like a thumb drive or hard disk (especially if it was used elsewhere), make sure to scan it first before using the data on it.
- Don’t leave your computer or router on, if it’s not being used. Unused and open doors often appear inviting to anyone.
- Do not visit any dodgy websites.
That said, vulnerability comes in many shapes and sizes. Hence, being a bit smarter shall leave no security loops open.