Hi, Mike Putnam here with the Geek4Cheap Tip of the week. This week we are going to discuss How to Prevent Your Computer from being Hacked.
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There has been a lot of talk lately about hacking in the news; concerned clients have asked us how to take steps to help protect them. Here are five steps that you can take to ensure your computer is protected.
Prevent Hacking Step 1
Perform required software updates for your operating system and web browser. Hackers attack where they see weakness. A system that hasn’t been updated recently has flaws in it that can be taken advantage of by hackers. Go to the Microsoft Update website to download patches and secure the most recent version of your operating system. If you have a Mac, click on the apple in the top left of your screen and choose “Software Update.”
Prevent Hacking Step 2
Install a firewall on your computer. Firewalls forbid outside threats such as hackers and viruses from gaining access to your system. Personalize your firewall settings during the setup process to reflect how much data you want to allow into your system from the Internet, and update your firewall regularly.
Prevent Hacking Step 3
Change your passwords often. Use a different password for each website you regularly log into, and make sure your passwords are long and intricate so that they’re harder to guess. It’s especially important to keep your banking and other financial accounts secure.
Prevent Hacking Step 4
Purchase or download anti-virus software. Many computers come pre-installed with certain anti-virus software, but if not, or if you want more powerful software, research online to find what product suits you. Anti-virus software is crucial to keep your computer healthy. A “sick” computer, or one racked with viruses, is more susceptible to hacking. Set your preferences so your anti-virus software updates automatically.
Prevent Hacking Step 5
Delete emails from unknown sources. Never click on an emailed link that looks questionable.