Jun 04, 2012 11:22 AM EDT
Checklist to Safeguard Your Computer
Your computer may seem to be working fine at the moment but as long as you are connecting to the Internet whether occasionally or regularly, harmful attacks remain imminent. For this reason, you should always be equipped with the necessary programs and Internet surfing practices to protect your connection and computer.
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Be Sure That a Firewall is in Place
Firewall may come as a software program or hardware. Most Windows operating systems comes with a free firewall so if your computer uses Windows as its operating system, you may no longer need to look further for a firewall.
Firewalls can do a god job in blocking suspicious information to prevent it from getting into your hard drive. Harmful things like spyware, adware, virus and worms can damage your computer but your firewall will always 'filter' all the information that comes from the internet to see if any of these are attempting to get into your computer's system.
Even if your computer is pre-installed with a firewall, you should be certain that it is activated and adjusted to your specifications.
Install a Reliable Anti-Virus or Anti-Spyware Program
A firewall will help in prevent harmful attacks but a reliable anti-virus will still be necessary in order for your computer to be more secured. There are a number of reliable anti-virus software that can protect your computer from spyware and harmful items. And if your computer is already attacked by a virus, installing an anti-virus software as soon as possible can remove it before it causes any irreversible damage.
Always Be Sure That Your Wireless Internet Connection Is Secure
Internet can be accessed without wires, which is great for many. However, the downside is that hackers, who are only nearby, can get through your personal information easily if your Internet connection is not secured. Be sure that your router has a password that is difficult to speculate.
In these modern times, computer and Internet technology is continuingly evolving and harmful attacks are keeping up as well. Whether you are getting your Internet connection with cheap broadband or with expensive Internet plans, you should always take steps in having a secure connection. But by keeping these tips in mind, you will be certain that your computer and internet connection will be working properly without any viruses and other harmful items.