There are dozens of things that you can do to protect your computer. People sell so many software packages and information products you may not be able to get a handle on all of it. Have you surprised to yourself what the basics are so that you can protect your identity and your data and so that you no longer have to worry?
I am not sure if we will ever get to a point that a computer security solution is perfect and we never have to worry but we can get to a point of an increased security posture. That just means that we can take a few steps to help protect ourselves against the not so nice people in the world.
- First if you have a computer you should turn on a local firewall.
You may say, I am working behind one of those routers you can purchase from the electronics store, I am safe. There is a term in the field that is called defense in depth. There are many takes on what this actually means and how to implement it but I will be the first to tell you every extra security precaution you can take will be helpful in the effort to protect your identity and your data.
Each layer of defense will add to your protection. You may have a router but go ahead and turn on that software firewall that comes with your operating system too. Learn more about your computer so that you can be proactive. You never know when you might travel with that laptop and your software firewall saves you from an intrusion. Just be cautious. Most people lock their doors at night before they go to bed or when they leave for work in the morning. Do not forget to lock the doors on your computer.
- Second, you may consider installing a well-established anti-virus product.
There are many packages on the market. Some you can get for free and others you can pay for. You need to determine your level of knowledge and how much support you may require.
There are many anti-virus vendors that are free that have been certified and protect your systems just as well as the pay for kind. The main difference is that you may get better support from the pay for kind. You may end up supporting the free kind on your own and having to do research on the net for answers. This is truly your call and should be congruent to your level of computer knowledge.
Anti-virus software should be a must. It has saved my system many times as well as friends of mine. I had a buddy that downloaded pictures form a digital camera that was infected with a virus. They can be anywhere. This is just another layer of defense you should consider in your quest to protect your identity and your data.
- Third, you should consider backing up your system regularly.
I am not talking about once …