5 Ways to Increase Computer Security

Though the internet is far safer now than it was in its infancy, there are nevertheless more people using the net than ever and this means that there is a much greater field of victims for the cunning hacker or identity thief. Even major corporations, who spend millions each year in computer security, fall prey to cyber thugs every now and then. Citibank is a recent example and their staggering loss of over half a million card numbers is just one out of many high profile security breaches in the past couple years. But regular folks are just as vulnerable to cyber attacks as the big firms, and sometimes more so. But fear not: This guide will take you through all the steps that will make sure that you’re not one of these poor saps. Anti Virus The single most important and effective way to keep your PC safeguarded from harmful elements is to install a quality antivirus program. You’ll want software that can handle viruses but don’t stop there. Make sure your antivirus also has a spam blocker, pop-up blocker, anti-malware, and anti-spyware. Though many of these harmful programs are considered viruses, it still doesn’t mean that any given antivirus software will protect against them. Firewall While you’re at it, add a firewall to the list of the things your antivirus program should cover. But if you find one that takes care of everything except a firewall, be sure to have some kind of firewall protection for your computer. In layman’s terms, a firewall is basically a safeguard against outsiders using your network. Only those with a password...

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