The problem with personal computers is the fact that they are always being hacked. Well, not really, but there are some vulnerabilities in the PC world that users should be aware of so that they don’t fall prey to online schemes, hacks, malware, and other baddies floating around the internetsphere.
Most people think that all they have to do is slap an antivirus software program on their machine and they are bulletproof. This is a great idea, and everyone SHOULD use an antivirus software program no matter what, but it’s not the only thing that you should be doing. You really need to have a bigger strategy in order to prevent some of the bad things that can happen besides viruses.
First of all, did you know that it’s not only viruses that can wreak havoc on your computer? There are also these pesky things called malware, adware, spyware, and other ransomware type programs. These are often “program-like” enough to slip by antivirus programs. However they can be just as destructive if not moreso. I highly recommend that you install an antimalware software program such as Spyhunter 4. I was skeptical about this program until I read this review of Spyhunter 4 on Martinus Tech and decided it was worth a shot. It got rid of this adware on my computer faster than I could have done on my own.
In order to avoid viruses and malware at all you should generally try to avoid shady websites and internet neighborhoods. This includes adult sites, gambling, hacking, and free download sites. These tend to be prime areas where you’re more likely to get infected with something. If you simply must go to those websites I highly recommend that you just get a dedicated netbook for the job.
Another thing that you might want to do is to stay up to date on the latest threats going around by bookmarking a few tech security blogs. This way you’ll always know what to watch out for. This is especially important for businesses to do in order to alert employees about how to detect phishing scams. Phishing and “Spear phishing” scams are becoming the most popular form of infiltrating businesses.
Ransomware is another threat that has been taking out entire businesses lately. The best way to prevent losing data to one of these schemes is to ensure that you’re running a good data backup program. I highly recommend a two-pronged approach to data backups. You should back up to a local hard drive, and you should also back up to a cloud based account. This way you’ll have two forms of the backup in case something happens to one or the other. The cloud based backup is your insurance in case something terrible happens to both your computer AND your hard drive such as theft or a fire. Most people don’t give enough credit to the value of backing up your data, but trust me it only takes losing important data one time in order to really drive the point home. And you don’t really want to be in that position.