Security Tips for Personal Computing

If there is honey there will be bears. It doesn’t matter how advanced technology these days is, your personal data is never too far from hackers. Even if you don’t do financial transactions, purchase onlineG4 Securityphoto © 2003 Juan Pablo Olmo | more info (via: Wylio)
, still your information is always present online to be stolen by a mean, greedy, hungry for information hacker.

Security risk can’t be totally eradicated, but can be minimized it by following these simple security Tips for your personal computing needs.

Security starts with your own PC, Make sure that you have installed state of art, best available security software or anti-virus. And you continuously keep updating it with latest definitions.

Don’t Use johndoe as password, Setting a random, hard to guess password is necessary. Create passwords that are constructed using the combination of numbers, alphabet and special characters. Don’t let the browser save your password. If browser prompt you to save password, choose No. Avoid having the same password across multiple websites. If you lose one, you will lose all. You can utilize the services of password manager of a reputable company like PasswordSafe.

Links in email, not always safe, Don’t click the links provided in emails, even if they’re from your friends. As their account may also be the victim of spam or phishing. Confirm that the link is leading to where it says. Instead of clicking the link, visiting the website yourself is more appropriate.

Avoid public networks. If it is required to do online transactions with bank, or you have to use credit card for shopping, don’t use the network of a public place like university’s library. Do such business on your own secure network.

Login to protected pages only. You must’ve observed sometime https written in your addresses instead of http, these are secured pages. Firefox, chrome mark the address bar in green for secured pages. Provide your credentials or personal information on https pages only. Unprotected pages, even of a reputable website, should be avoided for such work.

Encrypt personal files. It is advisable to encrypt your sensitive information.

I hope these simple security tips will help you in using computers and web in a more secure way with less risks.

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