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5 Ways to Secure Your Computer

By June 17, 2019 No Comments
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Computers are generally described as devices which have the ability to store and process data. These data are provided by the user of the device. These data are then processed according to the command provided using the preinstalled programs. Programs are collections of instructions which lead the computer to carry out certain actions.

They hold a very important role in this generation of advanced technology. They can be used to complete actions which will take months or even years to complete manually. Like any other machines, computers can handle a huge amount of data but can also be fragile at the same time. To ensure a properly running system, it is important to take good care of it.

Computers are an assembly of different hardware used by the programs to run. All the hardware present in a system have different functions and are needed to be taken care of separately. Like RAM (Random Access Memory) provides temporary space to process the input data. CPU (Central Processing Unit) on the other hand is combinations of parts like RAM, GPU, Processor, Motherboard, etc.

To ensure accurate data processing and durable system, the owner has to take care of the system. If failed, the system might end up crashing or overloading certain hardware resulting in total system failure. Expert advice can also be valuable while preserving computers. Nowadays, they are becoming more compact and sophisticated.

Failure of a system means losing data that were saved in the hard disk. Losing data can cause distress irrespective of the person’s job or educational qualification. Data can be lost through damages caused by a virus, overloading, or stealing.

Below are the 5 major ways to secure the computer from internal or external damages.

  1. Use genuine and keep the system updated

Many people get vexed by the regular update alerts. They tend to deactivate it so that it never shows any recommendation or use a pirated version of the Operating System to avoid getting any update notification.

Pirated version OS users cannot approach the particular manufacturer if they face any problem during using it. They also do not get the regular updates posted by the particular OS company. This can result in an inaccurate and long duration of data processing.

Those with the genuine version of the operating system should regularly update their database. It is usually irritating because it interferes with the working process. But it is better to sacrifice a small amount of time to ensure better health of the computer.

  1. Enable firewall

A firewall is an essential barrier used by the OS to separate itself from other networks or the internet. They generally block everything that seems malicious or is blocked by the user. They also close ports that refrain computer from communicating with other networks or devices.

Viruses can also pass through devices connected together or can get through the programs devised by hackers to steal data or infect the system. Activating the firewall will prevent all these problems from happening. They close the ports to stop the inflow and outflow of data from the computer.

External firewalls can also be installed. These firewalls are post installed software to add another layer of security to the operating system. Many antiviruses also provide firewall protection. These ensure no malicious programs to get processed by the computer.

  1. Antivirus

Antivirus should be the first installed program in any system. They provide security against viruses or malware which can enter the computer through the internet, networks, or external devices connected. They get regularly updated by their manufacturer to prevent the latest viruses from infecting the computer.

They are also able to protect the computer password from getting hacked. Additional features come with child protection, firewall, and custom scan option. It is highly advised to use the paid version available to be able to use all the facilities provided by the producer.

  1. Use VPN

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It is the best way to encrypt all the internet activities, avoiding misuse of the data. They are also able to mask the IP address of the system. The IP address is a unique number to identify a particular computer using the internet.

It also provides the facility to choose server locations according to fastest speeds or unblocking geo-locked content. Majorly they help to browse securely while using wifi or hotspots to prevent any suspicious activity.

  1. Protect with passwords

Most of the software used on laptop computers are web-connected. Login credentials are needed to use this software. It is safe to use different login passwords for different software. Using the same username and password will make the work of a hacker far too easy. Then they will be able to access all accounts owned by the same individual or in worst can use their identity.

It can be difficult to remember so many passwords at a time. Use password managers available on the internet to secure all necessary passwords. Many software suited for this job is available on the internet. The paid version of this software is most preferred.

No matter how careful one is, there is always a risk of the system data getting stolen or damaged. To avoid any further inconvenience, protect the computer with the hardest combination of password. Make sure that the data on the system remains unharmed.

These are the 5 most important ways to secure the computer. No matter where the system is used be in business or for education, it is important to secure the system from getting tampered by different malicious programs. Use these five ways to protect the computer from most of the common problems usually faced by careless owners.

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