8 Tips for Protecting your Computer

Cybersecurity, and all that’s scary, is constantly in the news. Defined, it is the protection of any internet-connected device, including hardware, software, and data, from malicious attacks.

Here are eight (8) ways you can protect your computer from viruses, malware, and other harmful threats

1. Use antivirus software.

Protect .your PC with good, updated antivirus software that prevents and isolates viruses, malware, Trojan horses, spyware and more.

2. Install security patches and updates.

Make sure you’re staying current with the latest software updates and install security patches as they come available.

3. Use strong passwords.

Passwords are an important layer of protection for your data. Make sure that each account has an unique password and follows the 8×4 rule – a minimum of eight characters and at least one upper case letter, one lower case letter, one number, and one symbol. Avoid writing your passwords down or sharing them with others. If you have trouble remembering all of your passwords, we recommend using a password keeper, such as LastPass, to assist you in your password security.

4. Enable multifactor authentication.

In addition to a strong password, another layer of security is enabling multifactor authentication. This combines your password with a physical or biological component to verify your identity when logging in. Common examples of this are a finger print scan, a token, a push code to a mobile device, or a combination of these.

5. Don’t click on email attachments.

The best way to prevent a problem is to be smart. If something in your inbox looks suspicious, don’t open or click on it. When in doubt, double check with your co-worker, bank, or other sender to ensure the email/link they sent you was intended for you and is legitimate.

6. Avoid giving out sensitive personal information.

If someone is phishing for your information, don’t just give it away. Make sure that private and personal information isn’t shared with just anyone, and avoid responding to emails or online messages attempting to gather your data.

7. Use a firewall.

Firewalls can help prevent unwanted data from entering your network, adding a layer of security to your environment at the point of entry. Select a commercial grade firewall made for businesses.

8. Stay updated on the latest security concerns.

Lastly, keep yourself updated and informed on common scams and security breaches. Knowledge is power, and knowing what to look out for can help you protect your security.

Give us a call at (520) 519-6301 if you need help securing your network.