How to Protect Your PC against Hackers: Newbie Guide

What does a hacker do?

If you are new on the computer scene and the Internet then you will soon learn that hackers are always on the prowl to access computers without authorization from you or other computer users. They are mostly motivated by false sense of power and the challenge of getting into someone else’s computer. They are as real as thieves breaking into your home and stealing your belongings as they can steal your privacy, identity, and money. There are however, some steps you can take to safeguard your computer.

Firewall

It is there to block unwanted and unauthorized traffic getting into your system and it must always be turned on, as it is the first in your line of defenses. If you leave, your firewall off it is like leaving your car keys in the ignition and windows open.

Anti-virus

Hackers for their own devious reasons constantly develop viruses and malicious software. They design malware, which damages your computer as well as disableing the firewall of your computer. This can be the first step in a hacker’s method of ransacking your computer for vital information. Installing an anti-virus and keeping it updated is vital against a hacker.

Anti-spyware

Anti-spyware technology is a great program to install on your computer, as spyware is programs, which collect pieces of information on your computer without your knowledge. Marketing companies often uses spyware in order to monitor the buying habits of consumers in order to direct their ads strategically. Even for marketing purposes, it is done without consent or knowledge of individual’s computers. Reliable anti-spyware will keep unwanted snoopers and hackers off your computer.

Passwords

Keeping an excellent password policy is another very important factor against hackers. You must always create strong passwords that contains uppercase and lowercase letters, numerics as well as special characters. Never use personal information numbers such as birth dates or names and avoid using the same password on all web sites. Passwords should be changed every three months and although a good password policy is difficult to maintain, it is needed.

Keep your computer up to date

Although operating systems are developed with the greatest efficiancy, there are issues and security issues, which develop with use over time. The developers of computer systems are constantly issuing updates for the system in order to eliminate security issues and loopholes. Hackers pounce on security issues if you turn off automatic updating features.

Emails

Hackers often make use of emails to transmit malicious codes to an operating system. They use carefully enticing words to entice people to open the emails and they always rely on individual’s curiosity to get them to open email. Email attachment from unknown sources should not be opened if you want to stay safe.

Turn off the computer

Even though it is convenient not to have to wait for the computer to boot each time, it is much safer to turn it off when not in use. Leaving it on, gives hackers so much more time and opportunity to transmit signals to the system.

Written by Andy G