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5 Hacks to Secure Your Computer From Cyber-Attacks

Keeping your computer safe from cyber-attacks is as important as keeping your house secure. Cyber-attacks can compromise your personal information, your computer’s documents, as well as miscellaneous information. In order to keep your computer safe, there are a few tricks you can use to secure your network and the information itself.

Secured Internet Connection

If you are using a router for wireless connection, you should ensure that your link to the world-wide web is secure. Most server companies now offer to automatically link up your modem or router with a prepared password. However, not all of them will, unless you ask first. The reason this can be important is because the router may allow access to your connection. These are considered public links, which means anyone can connect to your internet connection. What is most worrisome is that your computer will often show up as a networked computer. A hacker then has immediate access to your computer using simple hacks. If you want to keep a hacker away from being able to infiltrate your computer, the most important step is to have a secure network.

Anti-Spyware and Anti-Virus Software

Spyware can be as innocent as using your cached information, like search frequency and types. This information is also insidious as well, since third parties can gain important information from the temporary files. The files can tell as little as your frequent search types. It can also hold important information like your email address, personal information you have entered, or your name and address. All of this information can be used to steal your identity. Hackers can also use viruses that can gather information from your computer. Sometimes viruses can even be used to take over your computer either passively, or actively. Regardless of the type, your property should be yours alone. So how can you protect it? The most obvious way to protect it is through Anti-Spyware or Anti-Virus software. These can be either software that you control, or software that is monitored by businesses that have your protective interest in mind. Simply run tests consistently to make sure your computer is protected from these usurping hacker files and caches.

Use External Hard Drives for Important Information

If you have personal or business information that it is necessary to keep secure, try using an external modem. When you use these modems, you can ensure that hackers cannot gain immediate access to your information when you are not actively accessing the information. These external modems can also come secured with passwords. With these extra steps between the hacker and your information, it is much less likely that they will be able to gain access to the information they may want.

Third-Party Protection

Even if you have all the standard steps to protecting your computer, it can be useful to use a third party to guard your computer and information. Companies like Identity Guard and Life Lock can help give you the peace of mind you need, by backing up your computer’s information for a small fee. Think of these companies as a sort of external hard drive that is held by trusted associates. Remember that hackers are not always looking to take your information. Instead, they may just be looking to disrupt or destroy your information maliciously. If this is the case,these third-party companies can back up all your needed information. It can save you the experience of having lost all your important information with no way to retrieve it.

Utilize Restore Points

Almost all PCs now come with “Restore Points” installed. While these cannot stop hackers from compromising your information, it can help you regain what has been lost. A restore point can be a saving grace, especially when you have been given a virus, or when an executable file is using your computer to gain access. Again, this is not going to stop the hacker like a virus protection or securing your modem connection will. It will, however, help you “restart” as it were and retrieve some (if not all) of the information that may have been destroyed.

Fraudulent Website Warning

Some forms of hacking can be done passively. This is most commonly done through fraudulent websites. It is done by you interacting with something rather than a hacker seeking you out.  Use an anti-virus protection that specifically warns you of such possible websites. When entering sites, look for an“https” site, which means it is secure. While not all sites that lack the “s” are sites with malicious components on it, there are some that surely are. There are plenty of freeware available that can help detect a possible fraudulent website. When you come across one, it will warn you before you officially enter the site. This can save you from having to hurriedly backtrack, or be forced to use a restore point.

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