Five Ways to Protect Your PC

The most important component in your home office is your computer. Containing years of work, communications and contacts, your computer’s value far exceeds the amount you paid for it in the store. In our latest blog, we share our five top tips on how to protect your PC’s data and increase its performance.

 

  1. Install antivirus software.

Computer viruses and malware are everywhere. Antivirus programs protect your computer against unauthorized code or software that may threaten your operating system. Viruses may have easy-to-spot effects – for example, they might slow your computer or delete key files – or they may be less conspicuous.

Antivirus software plays a major role in protecting your system by detecting real-time threats to ensure your data is safe. Some advanced antivirus programs provide automatic updates, further protecting your machine from the new viruses that emerge every day. After you install an antivirus program, don’t forget to use it. Run or schedule regular virus scans to keep your computer virus-free.

 

  1. Back up your computer.

If your business is not already backing up your hard drive, you should begin doing so immediately. Backing up your information is critical in case hackers do succeed in getting through and trashing your system.

Always be sure you can rebuild as quickly as possible after suffering any data breach or loss. Backup utilities built into macOS and Windows are good places to start. An external backup hard drive can also provide enough space for these utilities to operate properly.

 

  1. Use complex passwords.

Using secure passwords is the most important way to prevent network intrusions. The more secure your passwords are, the harder it is for a hacker to invade your system.

More secure often means longer and more complex. Use a password that has at least eight characters and a combination of numbers, uppercase and lowercase letters, and computer symbols. Hackers have an arsenal of tools to break short, easy passwords in minutes.

Don’t use recognizable words or combinations that represent birthdays or other information that can be connected to you. Don’t reuse passwords, either. If you have too many passwords to remember, consider using a password manager.

 

  1. Keep your operating system, apps and browser up-to-date.

Always install new updates to your operating systems. Most updates include security fixes that prevent hackers from accessing and exploiting your data, the same applies to apps. Today’s web browsers are increasingly sophisticated, especially in privacy and security. Be sure to review your browser security settings in addition to installing all new updates. For example, you can use your browser to prevent websites from tracking your movements, which increases your online privacy.

 

  1. Use two-factor authentication.

Passwords are the first line of defence against computer hackers but a second layer boosts protection. Many sites let you enable two-factor authentication, which boosts security because it requires you to type in a numerical code – sent to your phone or email address – in addition to your password when logging in.

 

 

 

These five top tips are relatively easy to keep on top of and can be the armour you need to protect yourself from losing important data saved on your computer and will help ensure that your system runs at its peak. Don’t wait until your PC fails you to implement these tips; start backing up and cleaning your system today.

 

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