How many times have you been upset and wanted to dispose of your computer because it starts to fail, doesn't let you use any program or is extremely slow? Don't worry; you're not the only one. Unfortunately, these situations occur quite frequently, mainly due to our often naive behavior on the Internet. Our behavior on the network can end up billing us in the form of a virus or a computer attack that prevents us from using some functions, deletes stored information or files, or even violates our privacy. There is no magic method to get rid of the risk of this happening.
But you can follow a few recommendations with which the chances of infection of your device can be reduced to a very great extent. Today I am sharing with you two essential security tips to keep your computer protected. Even though these suggestions are indicated for devices that use Windows, the most used operating systems and also the one most exposed to threats, they can be extrapolated to other systems such as Linux or Mac OS too. Have an antivirus and have it updated regularly. This is the most important suggestion.
It is very important to have a good antivirus and anti spyware software that can help you to protect your device against threats such as Trojans, spyware, etc. Even though this tool is not a 100% safe shield against the most dangerous viruses, it is most effective with low or medium level attacks, which, on the other hand, are the most widespread. You have to keep in mind that for its correct operation, and good results like the other applications or programs that you may have installed on your computer, the antivirus too has to be updated on a regular basis.
1. Update the software from time to time:
This is one of the tips that must be followed to the letter and spirit. Although many times you are reluctant to update your software due to laziness or even ignorance, you must understand that the out dating of this means greater vulnerability, since normally the latest versions provide greater protection and the solution to the failures of previous versions. Therefore, it is a great idea to have applications that check if there are updates available for your software and recommend their download.
2. Use strong passwords and change them periodically:
Although many times you despair that passwords must contain uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols and must have at least eight characters, these requirements have an explanation. The more difficult the password, the more security, it has. In this sense, it is important that we use strong passwords in those applications that require it, especially those that contain confidential and personal information. In addition, it is recommended not to use the same password for all your accounts, since any identity theft in one of them could mean unlimited access to all the others too.
3. Beware of attachments and strange links in emails:
Suspicious and unknown emails, especially if they contain links or attachments are other essential tips. Furthermore, if an email seems suspicious, even if it comes from someone you know, it is always advisable to make sure that it is safe by consulting directly with the person who sent it to us. In most operating systems, there are applications to analyze our email and rule out possible threats.
4. Disconnect the Internet when not needed:
Most infections occur when the device is connected to the network, since the malware performs its actions by communicating with servers or sending information using open ports on its connection. Therefore, disconnecting the Wi-Fi connection, when you are not using the computer for any other purposes is recommended.