Secure your PC at Home
Follow our simple guide to ensure you have the best protection.
Make sure you’re staying fully protected
Look out for these common weaknesses.
Weak login credentials are responsible for many hacking incidents. Attackers typically use brute-force tools to hack poor passwords, where they try numerous combinations of common words and numbers.
Attackers frequently take advantage of known software vulnerabilities to gain unauthorized access. Zero day attacks take advantage of machines running free AV or lacking windows updates.
Attacks typically aim to trick the user into opening a malicious attachment which deploys malware , or enter user name and password into a fake login panel. Once a password is found it will be tried across all your accounts.
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5 simple steps to protect your PC + Data
1. Remove unused software
Over time you’ve probably acquired quite a few applications that you’re no longer using. You know the programs, like that trial CD burning program you downloaded to make your mum a copy of the latest Michael Bublé album. Consider these apps the mouldy leftover cheese rotting in the back of your fridge you forgot were there.
Delete. Them. All.
You won’t regret it and if you need these programs again in the future, you can always download up-to-date versions. Aside from acting as backdoor access points for hackers, these programs take up space on your computer and slow it down. Who needs to scroll through 100 unused programs just to get the one you actually need?
2. Install all system and software updates
You’re sitting at your computer and one of those little icons pops up alerting you to the fact that, yet again, you need to update another program. Constantly installing and updating your software may seem painful, and you may wonder why Windows needs to be updated every couple of minutes (or so it seems), but the cost of ignoring them may end up being much higher than the 2 minute restart that is required.
So, why are updates so important? Because they address important changes to the program.
Security Vulnerability Fixes: More than 90% of software and operating system (OS) updates are to patch security vulnerabilities in programs.
Bug Fixes and Product Enhancements: The best reason to keep software updated is to address security holes in programs, but it’s also nice to have the latest features to improve your program’s performance.
3. Back up your system
External hard drives are a good option as they can be kept physically disconnected from your computer and locked away for safekeeping. However, if it remains plugged in, it is as susceptible to ransomware as the hard disk of your computer. So keep your backup separate. Keep it updated. And consider encrypting both your computer’s hard disk and the portable one while you’re at it. If you want to know more about file encryption, we explored the benefits it in this post.
Backing up online using a cloud service is a convenient option that will also protect your data in case of theft, damage or other physical threats. There are many reliable options such as CrashPlan, BackBlaze, Carbonite or MozyHome. These programs will run in the background, updating your files in the programs web storage. Keep in mind this option usually requires a monthly fee and the first backup can take quite a long time, particularly if you have a lot of files accumulated over the years.
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Regular maintenance, a little like having your car serviced, really is the best defense against attacks.
4.Create a good password
If you haven’t got one already, make a good password, that is easy to remember but hard to guess. Avoid common patterns such as names, the first letter is capital, the last 2 a number.
How easy is it to crack a password?
- 7 characters: <1 second
- 8 characters: ~5 hours
- 9 characters: ~5 days
- 10 characters: ~4 months
- 11 characters: ~10 years
- 12 characters: ~200 years
So four random words strung together would be great – for example dont-copy-make-one
Want to keep them safe? Why not store your passowrds on a USB, stored in your desk?
5. Maintain a quality anti-malware solution.
Your first line of defence should always be an up-to-date PC security suite. Having an anti-malware solution that will monitor program behaviour and catch any online threats, including ransomware, will create extra layers of protection. Rest assured we think that our products are a pretty good solution, particularly if you don’t want to slow down your system unnecessarily, but the important thing is that you pick the one that caters to your individual needs.
Free Anti virus is almost always a downgrade from the subscription product, and may not get updated as often or as quickly as the subscription models. Don’t get lulled into a false sense of security with a product that is not protecting you fully.
In summary: ultimate protection requires a layered approach
While these tips may seem obvious, you should ask yourself: do you really do all of these things on a regular basis? Start your digital defence on the right foot and spring clean your computer with these easy steps, and just to be clear: you don’t need to wait until next Spring to revisit them 🙂
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