Computer Security - The Most Common Requirements for Protection of Your Computer

Advances in computer technology are a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it gives us quick and easy access to various conveniences such as bank reports, favorite shopping centers, school records and health, and more. On the other hand, you can also grant the same access to those who should not get it. Although it is a rare occurrence, piracy has become the biggest criminal nuisance in the history of the computer.

Do not do anything about it. There is nothing innocent or cute about the hacker. Today's hackers are not rebellious, pimple-faced teenagers you might be thinking about. Instead, this generation of hackers are older people who probably make a living stealing the identities of innocent and law-abiding people and then selling those identities to others who want to bypass the system. And the only protection against these sordid people is prevention.

Computer security could not be more important than it is today and that's why we took the time to present it. It can reduce the likelihood of identity theft by making your computer as secure as possible. All that is needed is a bit of software and a lot of common sense.

1. Install an antivirus / antispyware program. Antivirus / antispyware software will prevent malicious codes from being downloaded and installed on your computer while you peruse the Internet. Known as viruses, worms or spyware, this malicious code can destroy important files and make your computer good for only one thing: sending confidential data to the server of an identity thief.

2. Do not store confidential data on your computer in the first place. In case your computer gets infected with a virus, worm or piece of spyware, it can frustrate the responsible people by not storing your personal information on your PC, so that when and if your computer returns data, it's nothing valuable . Hackers look for things like full names, social security numbers, phone numbers, home addresses, work-related information and credit card numbers. If these things are not stored on a computer, there is nothing that you need to worry about more than restoring your computer to a virus-free condition.

3. Do not open files without scanning them with an antivirus / antispyware program. In the past, the warning was to avoid opening files of people you do not know. Nowadays it is not safe to open anyone's files (without scanning them) because this is how viruses spread, through files, even by mistake. So, even if your co-worker has sent a funny video by email, it's no safer to open it than a video downloaded from a stranger. Be sure and scan each and every one of the files that you download from the Internet or receive via email, regardless of their origin.

4. Create a barrier between your computer and prying eyes. Antivirus / antispyware programs are only effective after the effect. But you can prevent identity theft from happening by installing a firewall. A security server is a software that verifies all the data that enters and leaves a computer and then blocks those that do not meet the security criteria specified (rules defined by the user).

5. Do not click on the website links in spam messages. In an effort to obtain personal information, some spammers will send an email asking you to click on a link. Email messages are often disguised as important messages from known online establishments, and they often try to scare their readers into clicking on threatening links to close an account of some kind. Sometimes the links are harmless and try to trick the reader into volunteering personal information (credit card number), but sometimes the links try to download harmful software onto a computer.

Your best protection against cybercrime is your own knowledge. It is hoped that the above suggestions will prompt you to take appropriate measures and protect your computer with the suggested tools. By doing so, not only will it protect itself, but it will also prevent the spread of these malicious activities and protect others at the same time.

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