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Computer Security

Passive Prevention

As you may have guessed, all computers are protected using several key principles, which we shall discuss first. Let’s simplify computer security by breaking it down into two simple sections, passive and active.

Keep in mind that passive security may be actively functioning in the background. Active measures are conscious precautions taken by the user rather than preset features on your computer.

Enable Auto Updates

If you recall nothing else from this article, do not forget this step! This is quite literally Rule #1. Despite this, most of our computers are still running outdated software.

Why? The year is 2020 folks, not 1999! Any other efforts to secure your device will fail if your OS (operating system) is a digital chunk of Swiss cheese.

Without the most current updates, computers in today’s digital environment are defenseless targets. If you cannot spare two minutes to turn on auto-updates, you may as well paint a bullseye over your computer screen.

CHECK YOUR FIREWALL

A firewall is a set of pre-configured rules used to filter incoming traffic from the web. Based on the nature and source of the data, the firewall performs an analysis and determines whether it should be allowed on the device. This makes your firewall the most basic foundation of good computer security.

PROTECT YOUR PASSWORDS

Use a secure folder, password manager, or offline location. I harp on it all the time, but password protection is an incredibly crucial step toward overall network & computer security. For users with a bit of technical know-how, I recommend KeePass as quite possibly the best password manager available. If you prefer a plug and play version, I would go with Dashlane.

Install Anti-virus Software

Anti-virus/Anti-malware software works in conjunction with your native OS security and your firewall. By installing it on your computer or laptop, you create an extra layer of protection between your device and the Internet. You should always compare software before choosing the right one for you. Note the features, pricing, and means of deployment. Check product ratings as well, as they can be a key source of otherwise obscure information.

Active Prevention

As you may have guessed, all computers are protected using several key principles, which we shall discuss first. Let’s simplify computer security by breaking it down into two simple sections, passive and active.

Keep in mind that passive security may be actively functioning in the background. Active measures are conscious precautions taken by the user rather than preset features on your computer.

Take Physical Precautions

All the anti-virus software and password security in the world will afford little protection if your laptop gets stolen. While desktops remain stationary and are secured alongside the home or office of residence, laptops often accompany us while traveling.

In their comprehensive article on device security, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) emphasizes treating laptops with the same care as a wallet. Keep it on your person, don’t let it out of your sight, and consider using a means of locking it shut when not in use.

Browse & Email Cautiously

All it takes nowadays is one wrong click, and malware, especially ransomware, can install itself onto your desktop or laptop at an unstoppable speed. Look and think before you click a hyperlink, open an email, or play a video.

Do you trust the source? Is the link using HTTPS-protected? Does the email raise questions about its purpose or intent? Smart browsing mitigates many potential threats; simply be cognizant of the potential danger, and respond in a proactive fashion.

Maintain, Maintain, Maintain

Anti-virus/Anti-malware software works in conjunction with your native OS security and your firewall. By installing it on your computer or laptop, you create an extra layer of protection between your device and the Internet.

You should always compare software before choosing the right one for you. Note the features, pricing, and means of deployment. Check product ratings as well, as they can be a key source of otherwise obscure information.

"Complexity is the main enemy of [computer] security."

Final Thoughts

Achieving a relative level of computer security is not difficult. It simply requires some research to find a combination of active and passive measures that work for you. Anyone can do it. After all, by reading this article, you are already well on your way! Once the integration is complete, maintaining security of your desktops and laptops becomes quite easy.

I hope this article helped give you some fresh insight into this important topic. Please like and share this article if you find it deserving, and I look forward to hearing your comments below. And, as always…

…stay safe out there!

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9 months ago

Wow. Great article sir. This will be really helpful for me and the others.

alexakimm
9 months ago

thanks for great article, i learn much about computer security here

Reason antivirus
1 year ago

Good article. Thanks for sharing

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