Have you just bought Windows-basis PC and probably confused how to secure it from virus, malware, and hacking attack? In fact, internet connection aside bringing simplicity, it’s also store a hidden danger. Since your PC will surely have many personal file and data you don’t want to lose or you don’t want other person use it. If you’re a beginner in computer usage, follow these 7 tips from SOT!
1. Install Antivirus Software
First of all, you should install powerful antivirus in your PC and set its feature to automatic update, so you’ll get full protection from viruses and spyware. SOT often discuss various antivirus as your reference. For example, light and useful Avast, or Cloud Antivirus trend which is developed recently by the release of Panda Antivirus and Kingsoft Cloud Antivirus.
2. Update Your Operating System
There’s a wrong assumption that Windows OS update only disturbed and fulfill your hard drive only. Whereas, this update is important to protect your PC from various exploit or dangerous crack. So, you should regularly turn your automatic update on in your OS.
3. Use Online Antivirus Scanner
This is different with Cloud Antivirus SOT mentioned first. Online Antivirus Scanner used to be integrated with email service. Yahoo and Gmail has already used online antivirus scanner to check whether mail you’ve accepted contained dangerous program. You can also use Online Antivirus Scanner which SOT once discussed in article: “VirusTotal New Performance: Scan Online Virus with Multiple Antivirus Engine” and “Best Free Online Antivirus 2012”
4. Use Firewall
Firewall is important to filter and monitor data sent and received via internet. Unfortunately, many people turn this feature off in windows since they considered it disturbing. To activate it, click on Control Panel -> System -> Security -> tick on Firewall Status. Firewall status is supposed to be “ON”.
5. Use strong Password
Use strong password to protect your PC. Use a different password for each user account too. To reset your password from Windows PC, you can go to Control Panel -> User Accounts and Family Safety -> change your Windows password. Always use strong password, combination of alphabets and numbers!
6. Scan your USB
If you’re a student, I bet you familiar with habit transferring data by flashdisk or USB. Don’t forget to scan all your USB data in your PC, so that viruses won’t migrate there!
7. Backup Data Regularly
Do data backup regularly. The development of Cloud Computing makes you possible to store your important data in Cloud and return it when there’s an unevaded problems in your computer. For reference for Cloud you can use, read SOT’s article: “Get 2GB Online Storage from Dropbox” and “Rapidshare introduced RapidDrive – new competitors of DropBox and Google Drive!”
Okay, tips above would be useful for you who still a beginner to secure your PC or laptop data you’ve just bought. Still confuse? You may ask SOT via comment column below.