Top Tips To Secure Your Online PC
Most of us use a PC these days, but how many of us are really serious about
securing it? Well, not most of us! They just need to get their job done sitting
on the PC and hence look no further. But they do find themselves in great
trouble when the PC crashes, files are corrupted, login information are stolen
or attacked by viruses and malwares.
Now, we know that "prevention is better than cure" and "self help is the best
help". So according to the lines of these famous proverbs, I will try to
highlight some tips through which a newbie user would be able to secure his PC.
This article even applies to advanced and experienced users alike. So read on
and help yourself to ward off your PC security woes.
1. Use an Antivirus
In the era of high-speed internet and portable media, you just cannot afford to
compromise your PC and valuable data. So, Antivirus software is a must for each
and every PC user. The Antivirus stays active in the system memory and monitors
your file transfers, network/internet connections, and programs for suspicious
activities and keeps away harmful computer viruses, worms and trojans from
playing devil on your PC. It can even clean, heal or quarantine affected files
already on your PC and keeps your data safe.
There are many AntiVirus Packages available, out of which many are free to use.
Some of the free packages are:
- AVG Free Edition
- Avast! Home Edition
- Antivir Personal Edition
2. Use a Firewall
To protect your PC with network/internet connection from the prying eyes of
hackers and abusers, it's a necessity to install a Firewall software. A firewall
is simply a piece of software that sits between your PC and the outside world
(network/www) and allows certain programs/data to pass through it, thus
filtering the traffic based on configured rules.
Like Antivirus software, the list of firewall software is also long... and
there are a number of free options available. Some of the free packages are:
- ZoneAlarm Free
- Kerio Personal
- Outpost Free
3. Use an AntiSpyware/Adware
Every passing day gives birth to a score of new malware, which is any sort of
program written solely to get itself installed on the victim's PC without his
knowledge, monitor his activities/logins and send them to a hacker for identity theft.