Tuesday, February 19, 2013, AM | 1 Comment
Many more folks are increasingly surfing the Internet with high speed connection. That means you are always connected. That, in turn, means you are vulnerable to outside attack from all directions. Your computer and the data on it is not safe unless you take precautions of different sorts to make it relatively safe.
A variety of options are available to you. I have added the very basic and free essentials you need to protect data on your computer.
Get the latest Anti-Virus Software
Up-to-date anti-virus software protects your computer against current virus threats.
Most commercially available virus protection programs offer automatic weekly and emergency downloads of the latest updates.
Scan all your files for viruses at least once per month. For the best protection, however, set up your anti-virus software to scan every file you open.
If you want basic anti-virus protection, download the Free AVG software and install it on your computer by following its instructions.
Get the latest Anti-Spyware Software
Spyware runs on your computer and can gather private information such as passwords and credit card numbers, deliver unwanted advertising, and monitor your browsing patterns.
Spyware is typically hidden in an otherwise harmless program, often in freeware or shareware you download.
Before downloading any free software, make sure you know and trust the provider.
Some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) offer assistance in finding and removing spyware.
The maker of your anti-virus software may also offer anti-spyware protection. Make sure you are protected against this growing threat.
If you want basic protection from spyware, popups and slow performance, download Free Windows Security Essentials and install it on your computer.
Use a personal Firewall
Firewalls serve as protective barriers between your computer and the Internet, preventing unauthorized access to your computer when you are online.
Be sure to set up a firewall around your computer. Some ISPs offer firewall software to their customers, and you can buy firewall software or hardware at many computer stores.
If you want basic firewall and antivirus protection, download Free Comodo and install it on your computer.
Protect your Wireless Home Network
The default configuration of most wireless home networks is not secure. Contact your wireless software vendor for specific information about enabling encryption and strengthening the overall security of your wireless home network. Disable SSID Broadcasting to protect your Wireless Network.
Exercise caution with Wireless Hotspots
Taking a few simple precautions when using wireless hotspots can help protect your computer:
Install a firewall on all network computers
Disable wireless connectivity when not in use
Use reputable encryption software
Disable wireless ad hoc mode. This will allow only wireless networks that you created to use your wireless software.
If you are unsure of the security of a wireless hotspot, don’t use it for conducting confidential business, such as accessing your work e-mail or financial information.
Wireless technologies are continuously changing. Consult the manufacturer of your network hardware to ensure you have the most up-to-date security technology.
In a Nutshell
There are ways to protect your computer data. Most often, the basic version of various software for data protection is free of charge.