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Published On: Mon, Apr 23rd, 2018

4 Basic Tips For Protecting Your Computer

When you purchase a computer everything is brand new and running smoothly.  The performance is fast, there’s nothing bogging down the system, and you don’t have to worry about anything for a while.  

However, this won’t last forever if you don’t take the proper precautions to ensure that you maintain your computer’s performance and keep it out of harm’s way.  When it comes to the simplest ways to make sure that your computer stays protected, here are the best ways to do it.

photo/ Jan Alexander

Protect Your Wifi Password

It’s important to create a password for your wifi connection which will ensure that unwanted visitors don’t get into your network and steal your information. Protecting your data and important documents isn’t possible without a properly secured network.

Otherwise, you leave yourself vulnerable to someone coming in and taking whatever personal information about you that they want.  

If you aren’t sure how to protect your wifi password, then a simple internet search will provide detailed instructions.  Otherwise, your cable provider can assist you either when they come to make the installation or by telephone.

Make sure that the password is difficult to guess and can’t be easily hacked by people who are well versed in password cracking.

Use a VPN

Using a VPN is the best way to protect your identity when using the internet.  By using a VPN you’re cloaking your IP address to make it appear as if you’re in a different location.  This will make it possible to go wherever you want online without leaving a trail back to your location.

While there are some VPNs which are free, the ones which are paid are usually a lot faster and have better features.  Try to take a look at your various options and make comparisons of the various features in order to determine what the best one for you is.

Use an Antivirus Program

It’s crucial to have an antivirus installed on your computer to ward off threats which could bring threats to your system.  A virus can completely wipe your system or create irreversible issues which can cause problems that last forever.     

Most computers come with an antivirus program already installed, however, it usually only lasts for a limited time without having to repurchase.  If you don’t want to pay for one, make sure that you look for a free service online.

A free service won’t have all of the same features as one that you pay for, however, it will still keep out things that will hurt your computer.

Don’t Open Suspicious Emails

If you see an email from a sender which you don’t recognize and has an attachment, don’t open the email and send straight to junk.

Otherwise, if it’s from a friend and seems to be worded suspiciously or just doesn’t seem right, you should also delete immediately and let them know that they may have been hacked.

Author: Anna Johannson

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