Our data is most valuable asset. However, these days it seems every morning brings news of another high profile data breach.
Sadly hackers are becoming more sophisticated and more determined than ever before, but this doesn’t mean Home and businesses can’t take steps to protect themselves. Just a few considerations regarding security processes can be enough to ensure would-be hackers move on to an easier target.
When using the internet, it's important to keep your computer secure and working properly. This will help protect both your computer and your personal information. Having a secured Internet Connection is a must.
To protect your Computer and ensure the safety on Internet, follow the below 10 Steps.
1:Create a Clean Installation restore point
After you have installed your security updates for your Windows operating system, make sure you have created a Restore Point for your installation.
You can create the Restore Point as soon as your Windows installation is ready and name it clean installation and then you can continue installing drivers and applications.
In case one of the drivers causes issues on the system, you can always go back to the clean installation restore point.
make sure your Windows Automatic update Are On ,
There have been significant security holes discovered in all versions of Windows so it's important to update your computer's operating system as soon as possible. Regardless of the version of Windows you use, visit the Microsoft's Windows Update website and install all "critical patches." You should also consider installing the recommended and driver patches.
3: Keep your software up-to-date
Microsoft Office: Many computer users use a version of the popular Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Publisher). Microsoft has released many patches for the Microsoft Office suite including some for "critical" security issues as well as "stability and performance enhancements." Note that you may need your original Microsoft Office installation CD to complete the updates.
Adobe Reader: Acrobat PDF files are used extensively on the website and throughout the Internet. Adobe Reader can be used to view/print these files. You should not be using older versions - a free upgrade is available.
Flash: Adobe Flash Player is used on many website, to provide a more interactive web experience. Serious security issues have been found in older versions of the Flash viewer.
4: Antivirus: No one should be without antivirus software on their computer. There are many commercial products that can help protect your computer from various viruses, worms, Trojans and other hacker tools:
Antivirus: three services: Bitdefender, Avast, and Widows essential Security
5: Firewall simply tries to block hackers from entering or using your computer. If you are using cable or DSL connections to the Internet, a hacker can attempt to break-in to your computer 24x7! Make sure you have a router/firewall properly installed and configured. The most common mistake home users make is buying a router/firewall but never resetting the default password.
You should send or store data only on wireless networks that use encryption, preferably Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), which is stronger than Wired Equivalent Protocol (WEP).
Three services: Zone Alarm, Comodo and TinyWall
6: spyware and viruses often go hand-in-hand but can take many forms. Some 'hijack' your web browser and redirects you to their website. Others quietly download and install Trojans, key logger programs, etc. to your computer so hackers can take control of your computer later. Install and run an anti-spyware program such as: SpyBot Search and Destroy, MalwareBytes
7: Family safety: As a parent, you have plenty to worry about; what your kids are doing on their computers shouldn’t be one of them.
An open Internet is unsafe for children and parenting in this digital age is difficult. We provide tools for parents to control unwanted content and provide a safe Internet for your family.
Family Safetyhelps you set limits on your child's PC time, as well as the websites, apps, and games they can use (and when).
Safe Eyesis Mac and PC compatible software that protects your family from harmful content and other dangers on the internet.
K9 Web Protectionis a free Internet filter and parental control software for your home Windows or Mac computer. K9 puts YOU in control of the Internet so you can protect your kids.
Anti-Pornis the best internet blocking & filtering software that block more than 99 percent of adult websites.
8: Internet Browsing Safety using Private Session:
Private Browsing allows you to browse the Internet without saving any information about which sites and pages you’ve visited.
· Firefox: new Private Window or CTRL+ SHIFT + P
· Chrome: choose from menu: New incognito Window / CTRL+ SHIFT + N
· Internet Explorer: from tools. Click "InPrivate Browsing / CTRL+ SHIFT + P
9: Use complex passwords -whether at work or at home, use complex passwords (and never write them down!). Using a password longer than 8 characters can greatly reduce the chance that someone will guess your password.
You should change your password at least every 3 months and never reuse old passwords...be creative, come up with something new!
Ensure all employees use a unique, complex password for every account.
Reusing passwords (or slightly modified passwords) across different accounts is one of the biggest concerns in the event of a hacking attack or data breach.
Many times attackers will attempt to access multiple other accounts (banking, PayPal, etc) using login credentials that they have obtained for a single, original account.
If employees reuse passwords, a simple credential breach of a non-sensitive account can grant attackers access to an organisations most sensitive online accounts quickly and easily.
Services: 1password, KeePass Password Safe, Last Pass.
10: Backup your important data often - Back up early and often .Diskettes are no longer practical for backup - a CD recordable (CD-R) drive can help quickly backup your important data (700 MB per disc or equivalent to 485 diskettes). DVD recordable drives are also available (~7 times as much as a CD or equivalent to 3200 diskettes!) Other options include external USB hard drives to store all of your "data", documents, photos, music as well as USB "thumb" drives that you can carry on your keychain.
The single most important step in protecting your data from loss is to back it up regularly. Online backup is a real alternative to local backups. Online backup is effective because it does the worrying for you,
your own backup drives. The cloud is protected from fire, flood, theft and you’re Children. You can access online archives from anywhere, including on your phone
Services: Drop box, One Drive, Google Drive
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