5 Tips on how to secure your computer

computer-security-signpost21As opposed to a decade ago, computers are integral to almost everyone’s life. We use them to store vital information both at workplace and at home. The fact that many people use the computer on a daily basis means they are becoming more vulnerable to hackers and cybercrimes. Making your computer secure is therefore very important to ensure that unauthorized persons don’t get access to into it. So the big question is; how can you secure your computer? Below are 5 tips to make your computer safe and secure.

1. Make sure your computer has a password

The first way to protect your computer from hackers and unauthorized persons by ensuring that it has password. Every time you turn your computer on, you need to ensure that someone has to type the correct password in order to log in. In order to make your computer even more secure, experts recommend that you should create decently long password that incorporates numbers, letters and symbol to make it difficult for unauthorized person to gain access.

2. Install antivirus software

Antiviruses are very important because they help to protect your computer against malware. Most people have installed antiviruses on their computers but they are not effective when it comes to detecting and eliminating computer viruses because they are not updated constantly. If you want to get the best results from your antivirus, you need to ensure that is updated on a regular basis. Viruses can erase your hard drive or even delete data on your computer. By using an effective antivirus software you will not only detect potential virus but you it prevent it from interfering with normal functioning of your computer.

Another thing in addition to an antivirus program that you might want to consider is an anti malware program.  These programs act on malware that sometimes masqerades as a legitimate program.  One great malware removal tool is Spyhunter 4 which is a safe and effective software tool designed to protect against strains of malware that an antivirus software program will miss.  Lots of people ask me if Spyhunter 4 is safe, and I let them know that I have used it myself with great results.

3. Install a firewall

Firewall is available both in the form of hardware or software and their purpose to help protect your computer from hackers as well as viruses. It works by filtering information that it allowed into the computer. Most computers usually come with an in build firewall. However, if your computer does not have a built in firewall, then you have nothing to worry because you can install a hardware firewall.

4. Install an anti-spyware

Spyware is actually a software that is installed on your computer without your consent. This software is very dangerous and can interfere with the normal functioning of your computer besides corrupting vital data that you have stored in your computer. In addition to that, spyware software can monitor your behavior in order to collect your personal information, force unwanted pop ups or even reconfigure your computer. By installing an anti-spyware, you will help protect your computer against spyware that can compromise the security of your computer.

5. Install spam blocker

Do you know that spam content also compromises the security of your computer? Although the best way to secure your computer is by being vigilant when downloading files or opening attachments, using a spam blocker can really help to prevent you from becoming a spam victim. As soon as you start using the internet from your computer, you put it at risk for scammers who want to steal from you. By installing a spam blocker, you will be able to detect and block people who don’t have good intentions.

What Is A DDoS Attack

What is a DDoS attack?  It seems that a lot of people are asking this question because roughly half the internet went down on Friday, October 21 as a massive DDoS attack was aimed at Dyn, a DNS provider.  Here’s a great YouTube video that explains DDoS attacks and how they can affect you:

 

Computer Literacy As A New Requirement

commodorecomputerBack in the 1980’s kids didn’t grow up with computers.  Only the most affluent or tech savvy households had computers.  But it was obvious that the growing importance of computers was requiring schools to ensure that their students had at least a basic aptitude in computers.  This is a very interesting article from the 1984 Science publication and talks about how schools began to implement computer science programs.

Computer literacy embodies a set of skills, variously defined. In general, a computer literate person knows the parts of a computer and what they do, has learned to operate a few of the more popular programs, and can write some elementary programs, usually in the language called Basic.

Courses offering to teach these skills have popped up everywhere. In the San Francisco Bay area alone there are more than 500, not including the public schools. Local business institutes offer night classes to ambitious workers; museums promote hands-on computer projects for kids; four-year-olds at private preschools receive computerized tutoring. Major computer manufacturers encourage the busy march toward self-improvement. Tandy, which makes Raido Shack computers, runs a national program to introduce teachers to computers. Atari has a chain of summer computer camps. Apple has gotten a state tax break by donating a computer to every public and private school in California.

Similar proposals at the national level would cost hundreds of millions of dollars in federal tax breaks.

What the computer literacy movement seems to be mostly enriching is it backers: sellers of computers and computer programs; promoters of retraining courses for workers and teachers; and writers and publishers of the industry’s books and magazines. Last year, for example, U.S. schools spent nearly $500 million on personal computers and programs.

“I see computer literacy as the New Math of the 1980s,” says Daniel McCracken, professor of computer science at the City College of New York, author of well over a dozen textbooks on computer languages and former president of the Association for Computing Machinery, a professional organization for computer scientists. “I suggest that we might save a lot of wasted opportunity to do more useful things if we were to pinch this one off before it has a chance to get well rooted.”

Pinching it off won’t be easy.

In a catchy ad by Program Design, Inc. for “Baby’s First Software,” for example, a confident toddler stares out at the reader and his future. “Your child becomes part of the action, while acquiring new skills,” the ad proclaims. The Children’s Television Workshop, which created Sesame Street, now is pushing Enter, a new computer magazine for children 10 to 16. “The computer is as basic to your child’s life and lifestyle as paper was to yours and mine,” states a letter to parents. “And learning computer skills is (not will be) as fundamental as learning to read and write was to you and me…you can consider these to be overstatements, but only at your youngster’s peril.” In a commercial for Commodore computers a college freshman returns home in disgrace. If his parents had bought a Commodore in the first place, suggests the voice-over, this never could have happened. Out of school? It’s not too late. “Learn: computer programming or computer operations. Take the First Step…Now!” reads a newspaper ad for the Computer LEarning Center, a business institute in the Washington, D.C., suburbs.”

Menosky, Joseph A., and Geoffrey Moss. “Computer worship.” Science ’84 5 (1984): 40+.

 

It’s very interesting, isn’t it?  It’s crazy to see how far technology has come, and it’s also very exciting to think about what computers of the future will be like.

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